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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.

  • Women and Addiction
    Women, Addiction and Nation by Sonia Soans
    28th October 2015
    Drugs and Recovery, Mad World
    After acquiring a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology a few years ago I couldn’t...
  • Asylum
    Critical Reflections On Being A Researcher Service User by Dina Poursanidou
    20th December 2012
    Mad World
    My name is Dina Poursanidou and I will be speaking as someone who is...
    The City of Thieves: A Digest and Perversion of R. D. Laing
    16th January 2020
    Mad World
    What follows after the prelude is a digest of the work of R. D...
  • Mental Health Resistance Network
    On Antipsychiatry: Roy Bard Mental Health Campaigner
    23rd October 2017
    Mad World
    In July 2017 Asylum Magazine for democratic psychiatry had it's 30th anniversary and hosted...
  • Bob Dylan Asylum Dog
    Asylum Conference Action and Reaction: Bob Dylan needs Asylum help give him a home...
    5th June 2017
    Mad World
    Asylum Magazine, which promotes dialogue and debate about mental health and psychiatry, comes out...
    Asylum Conference Poster: European Network for Democratic Mental Health; Argument of the meeting on the situation in Greece, Thessaloniki 05/25/2017
    7th June 2017
    Mad World
    Greece has become a laboratory for neoliberal policies of the European Union. The brutal...

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