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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.

  • Healthy Mind Imagery
    ‘Future Shock’: The Crisis of Relationships Between Body, Mind and Environment by Anne Fernie
    6th May 2015
    Mad World, Poverty
    Nervous exhaustion, melancholy, Weltschmerz, ennui, alienation, neurasthenia, Americanitis, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, burnout ~...
  • Bob Dylan Asylum Dog
    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...
  • Pharmacy
    Psychiatry: An Interview With A Pharmacist
    25th April 2015
    Mad World
    Here is an interview with a retired pharmacist talking about his recollections of pharmacy,...
  • Outsider
    The Differences Arise In Group Psychology
    30th August 2014
    About Ragged, Mad World, Project, Social Capital, Sociology
    The behaviour of the group is enigmatic. A group acts in our minds as...
  • Dan Jackson Yang
    Recovery is a long, windy (Guthrie) Street by Dan Jackson-Yang
    20th May 2018
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Hello Ragged University Readers!  I am currently in the midst of a sort of...
  • Book Fair
    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...

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