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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.

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    ECT Is Murder: The Historical and Political Roots of ECT and its Hold on Public Imagination By Sonia Soans
    10th June 2015
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    Asylum Conference Action and Reaction: Bob Dylan needs Asylum help give him a home...
    5th June 2017
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    Asylum Magazine, which promotes dialogue and debate about mental health and psychiatry, comes out...
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    Appeal To The Man On The Clapham Omnibus by Alex Dunedin
    13th June 2015
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    On Sane People In Insane Places was a famous study done by David Rosenhan,...
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    Eighties Teenage Psychiatry For School Pressure: One Writer Squashed Another by Maurice Frank
    28th April 2015
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    Even in cases where no specified mental illness at all is ever claimed to...
  • 1980 Edinburgh settlement news
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    1980: Edinburgh Settlement; The Need For Psychiatric Day Centres
    21st June 2016
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    The Settlement is an arm and hand of friendship which the University, as a...
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    White Boy Dangerous: The Mythology That Surrounds White Male Violence by Sonia Soans
    24th June 2015
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