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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.

  • Brain Scans
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    "Another stupid man, or, reasons why I do not engage with services" By John Sawkins
    9th June 2015
    Mad World
    I was forced to take haloperidol and procyclidine for bipolar. I stopped taking them...
  • Pills
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    Reflections On Schizophrenia Etc by Kenneth Wilson
    23rd March 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    To begin our considerations, I would like to draw your attention to a recent...
  • Book Fair
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    Prof Peter Beresford Introduces Studies in Mad Matters
    20th November 2013
    Citizen Journalism, Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    On Thursday 24 October 2013 at 7.00pm Peter Beresford introduced Mad Matters at the...
  • socrates
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    Rowland Urey talks about Psychiatry: Philosopher And Your Friend In Recovery
    14th November 2016
    Mad World
    The grown up person is not a child., the grown up person is an...
  • 1980 Edinburgh settlement news
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    1980: Edinburgh Settlement; The Need For Psychiatric Day Centres
    21st June 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement, Mad World
    The Settlement is an arm and hand of friendship which the University, as a...
  • 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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