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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.

  • Child shielding
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    Eighties Teenage Psychiatry For School Pressure: One Writer Squashed Another by Maurice Frank
    28th April 2015
    Mad World
    Even in cases where no specified mental illness at all is ever claimed to...
  • Bob Dylan Asylum Dog
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    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...
  • John-Sawkins
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    Interview with John Sawkins: A Critical Voice in Psychiatry
    29th January 2017
    Mad World
    John Sawkins gained an interest in thinking through the issues of mental health when...
  • Dr Diamond photographed the patients in his asylum
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    Inspector Rosenhan Visits The Asylum
    14th May 2015
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World, Poverty
    As part of the Mad World exhibition which examined missing voices from the story...
  • Women and Addiction
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    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...
  • Mental Health Resistance Network
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    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...

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