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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.

  • 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,...
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    28th June 2017: Asylum Magazine 30th Anniversary Conference Party
    25th June 2017
    Mad World, Ragged Talks
    Please come and help us celebrate the 30th anniversary conference of 'Asylum Magazine for...
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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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    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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    My Experiences of the Mental Health System by 'N'
    1st June 2015
    Mad World
    Good, bad, ugly, sad, hopeful. It’s sad to anyone to have to visit or work...
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    Asylum 30th Anniversary Conference: Crowdfunding For Community
    31st May 2017
    Interesting Projects, Mad World
    The 30th anniversary of Asylum magazine for democratic psychiatry is happening this year and...

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