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Mad World Archive

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.

  • Dan Jackson Yang
    Recovery is a long, windy (Guthrie) Street by Dan Jackson-Yang
    20th May 2018
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Hello Ragged University Readers!  I am currently in the midst of a sort of...
  • ICD 10
    Culture Bound Syndromes: Contextualising and Historically Locating Mental Illness by Sonia Soans
    24th March 2017
    Mad World
    I still remember the day we went through the ICD- 10 in the clinical...
  • Questions of the mind
    Podcast and Transcript: Reflections On Schizophrenia by Kenneth Wilson
    13th April 2014
    Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    On the 10th of April Kenneth Wilson gave a talk at the Counting House. ...
    Asylum Magazine
    27th July 2012
    Eclectic Articles, Interesting Projects, Mad World
    ASYLUM magazine is an international forum for free debate, open to anyone with an...
  • Ingrid Bergman Gaslight 1944
    What Every Woman Knows: Society By Gas Light
    22nd June 2015
    Mad World
    In their bedroom, Gregory becomes impatient and humiliates his wife about making a spectacle...
  • R D Laing
    A Word For The Social Model of Madness: Psychiatry and The Family by Alex Dunedin
    12th October 2015
    Mad World, Poverty
    When Shakespeare writes about how family and friends drive us mad, and treat us...

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