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The importance of oral history

The way we deal with behaviour is a major issue of our time as we increasingly encounter the medicalisation of people for the way they feel and act.  This online resource is a public collection where people own their own knowledge in respect to psychiatry, psychology and sociology.

This is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Drawing on Action Research, the archive is a collection of people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, work, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them….

Anonymous or named, you are welcome to contribute too.

Many and much has inspired the creation of this archive including Asylum magazine, Mad Peoples History, Oor Mad History project in the Lothians, and the Mad Matters textbook which was brought together around this emerging area of study. But specially, it is Dr Steve Tilley who shared a talk through the Ragged University which instigated the creation of this public resource… Thank you Steve.

  • Alice in Wonderland
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    Media Headlines Concerning Mental Health Service Users In England By Dina Poursanidou
    11th January 2013
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Looking at media headlines from 2011 and 2012 concerning users of mental health services...
  • Dolly Sen Mad Studies Stream
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    Podcast: Mad Studies at 2016 Lancaster Disabilities conference Introduced by Prof Peter Beresford and Dr Brigit McWade
    6th March 2017
    Mad World
    On the 6-8 September 2016 the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference took place at the...
  • The importance of oral history
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    Mad People's History by Steve Tilley
    18th June 2012
    Interesting Projects, Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    Steve Tilley chose to speak about Mad People's History course developed in Ryerson University,...
  • Farasy Moon Grouse Mad World Exhibition
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    It's a Very, Very Mad World... by Sonia Soans
    17th June 2015
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World, Ragged Arts
    And I find it kinda funny I find it kinda sad The dreams in which I'm...
  • Outsider
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    The Differences Arise In Group Psychology
    30th August 2014
    About Ragged, Mad World, Project, Social Capital, Sociology
    The behaviour of the group is enigmatic. A group acts in our minds as...
  • Black Dog
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    A Perspective on Depression by Cathy Frank
    3rd June 2015
    Mad World
    As the only daughter of two estranged German Jewish immigrants, whose mother stood by...

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