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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.

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    Feelings and Emotions are an Essential Part of Our Everyday Experience So Why Do So Many Modern Therapies Try to Get Rid of so Called ‘Bad Feelings’ by Leon Paterson
    14th February 2018
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    In this short article we will go beyond the limited psychology research to explore...
  • Oor Mad History project
    Oor Mad History by Kirsten Maclean
    18th June 2012
    Interesting Projects, Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    Kirsten made short talk at the 12th of June event.  She is a social...
  • Dolly Sen Mad Studies Stream
    Podcast: Mad Studies at 2016 Lancaster Disabilities conference Introduced by Prof Peter Beresford and Dr Brigit McWade
    6th March 2017
    Mad World
    On the 6-8 September 2016 the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference took place at the...
  • Asylum
    Podcast: Psychiatry; A Woman's Account of Being Sectioned
    23rd April 2015
    Mad World
    Here is an interview with a woman who recounts her experience of being sectioned...
  • Mad World Exhibition
    Film: Mad World Exhibition; The Asylum of Doctor Rosenhan
    22nd May 2016
    Mad World
    This is a short film made around the Mad World Exhibition, a part of...
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    Are Psychiatric Drugs Doing More Harm Than Good? Kings College London Maudsley Annotated Debate
    8th November 2016
    Mad World
    This is a commentary, video and transcript of the 52nd Maudsley Debate at Kings...

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