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Mad World Archive

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 pieced together from many sources and persectives to try to facilitate a deeper and more outward looking idea of madness and psychiatry.  It is a public collection where people own their own perspectives to themes in psychiatry, psychology, sociology and critical methodologies.

Below is a map of various other websites and communities which champion and give voice to alternative views to the dominant voice of medical psychiatry. Use the slider control to navigate and click on one of the hexigons to visit the website…



Below is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Borrowing ideas from the research methodology known as Action Research, the archive is concerned with gathering together people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them.


It is informed by many of the contributions of individuals and communities which have opened out interesting and important new areas of critical thinking in psychology and psychiatry. Examples of collectives and groups that have inspired the creation of this archive are 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.

You are invited to contribute your experiences and personal research through writing or an interview if you want to define the issues and themes.  Anonymously or named with your consent, it will be published as part of an online course being developed over the next two years.

  • The importance of oral history
    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,...
  • Asylum Magazine
    Asylum: A Journey Through Madness and Back by Dina Poursanidou
    3rd November 2012
    Mad World
    How I became involved with the Asylum magazine and what such involvement has meant...
  • 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. ...
  • Eric Fromm
    From Notes About The Findings of Abraham Maslow and Manfred Max Neef on Needs by David Seagrave
    4th April 2016
    Mad World
    These eminent psychologists analyses the needs of people worldwide their findings concur with those...
  • Julia Macintosh
    The Holding Space by Julia Macintosh
    4th August 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Like most people, you are not able to face more than one fear during...
  • Outsider
    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...

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