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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.

  • Asylum
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    Podcast: Psychiatry; A Woman's Account of Being Sectioned
    23rd April 2015
    Mad World
    Here is an interview with a woman who recounts her experience of being sectioned...
  • 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,...
  • ICD 10
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    Culture Bound Syndromes: Contextualising and Historically Locating Mental Illness by Sonia Soans
    24th March 2017
    Mad World
    I still remember the day we went through the ICD- 10 in the clinical...
  • Eric Fromm
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    From Notes About The Findings of Abraham Maslow and Manfred Max Neef on Needs by David Seagrave
    4th April 2016
    Mad World
    These eminent psychologists analyses the needs of people worldwide their findings concur with those...
  • Julia Macintosh
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    The Holding Space by Julia Macintosh
    4th August 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Like most people, you are not able to face more than one fear during...
  • Sonia Soans
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    Podcast: Interview With Sonia Soans of Asylum Collective
    4th June 2015
    Mad World
    This is an interview with Sonia Soans, part of the Asylum magazine collective which...

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