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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.

  • This picture, Rubins Vase, is known as what is called an 'Ambiguous illusion'
    Neurodiversity and Me: A Personal Context
    25th July 2018
    Mad World
    I am 'Neurodivergent'. I am 'Dyslexic' and have lived my life negotiating what I...
  • Asylum
    The Marketing Of Madness by Dina Poursanidou and Lou Rawcliffe
    5th March 2013
    Mad World
    'A Journey Into Light'?  Psychiatric Drug Promotion And The Marketing Of Madness by Dina...
  • 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...
  • Sonia Soans
    Podcast: Interview With Sonia Soans of Asylum Collective
    4th June 2015
    Mad World
    This is an interview with Sonia Soans, part of the Asylum magazine collective which...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...

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