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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.

  • Asylum
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    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...
  • 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,...
  • socrates
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    Rowland Urey talks about Psychiatry: Philosopher And Your Friend In Recovery
    14th November 2016
    Mad World
    The grown up person is not a child., the grown up person is an...
  • Dr Diamond photographed the patients in his asylum
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    Inspector Rosenhan Visits The Asylum
    14th May 2015
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    As part of the upcoming exhibition which examines missing voices from the story of...
  • 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...
  • Questions of the mind
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    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. ...

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