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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.

    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...
  • 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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    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...
  • 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
    The Marketing Of Madness by Dina Poursanidou and Lou Rawcliffe
    5th March 2013
    Mad World
    'A Journey Into Light'?  Psychiatric Drug Promotion And The Marketing Of Madness by Dina...
  • Child shielding
    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...

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