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The Routledge International Handbook of Mad Studies

ISBN 9781138611108
Published November 5, 2021 by Routledge
410 Pages

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Book Description

By drawing broadly on international thinking and experience, this book offers a critical exploration of Mad Studies and advances its theory and practice.

Comprised of 34 chapters written by international leading experts, activists and academics, this handbook introduces and advances Mad Studies, as well as exploring resistance and criticism, and clarifying its history, ideas, what it is, and what it can offer. It presents examples of mad studies in action, covering initiatives that have been taken, their achievements and what can be learned from them. In addition to sharing research findings and evidence, the book offers examples and insights for advancing understandings of experiences of madness and distress from the perspectives of those who have (had) those experiences, and also explores ways of supporting people oppressed by conventional understandings and systems.

This book will be of interest to all scholars and students of Mad Studies, disability studies, sociology, socio- legal studies, mental health and medicine more generally.

Table of Contents

Peter Beresford

Part 1: Mad Studies and political organising of people with psychiatric experience

  1. The international foundations of Mad Studies: Knowledge generated in collective action
    Jasna Russo
  2. Reflections on power, knowledge and change
    Mary O’Hagan
  3. Shifting identities as reflective personal responses to political changes
    Bhargavi V Davar
  4. A crazy, warrior and "respondona" Peruvian: All personal transformation is social and political
    Brenda Del Rocio Valdivia Quiroz
  5. Reflections on survivor knowledge and Mad Studies
    Irit Shimrat
  6. Speaking for ourselves: An early UK survivor activist’s account
    Peter Campbell
  7. Fostering community responsibility: Perspectives from the Pan African Network of people with psychosocial disabilities
    Daniel Mwesigwa Iga
  8. Using survivor knowledge to influence public policy in the United States
    Darby Penney
  9. The social movement of people with psychosocial disabilities in Japan: Strategies for taking the struggle to academia
    Naoyuki Kirihara
  10. Re-writing the master narrative: A prerequisite for mad liberation
    Wilda L. White
  11. Part 2: Situating Mad Studies

  12. A genealogy of the concept of "Mad Studies"
    Richard A. Ingram
  13. How is Mad Studies different from anti-psychiatry and critical psychiatry?
    Geoffrey Reaume
  14. Mad Studies and disability studies
    Hannah Morgan
  15. Weaponizing absent knowledges: Countering the violence of mental health law
    Fleur Beaupert, Liz Brosnan
  16. Part 3: Mad Studies and knowledge equality

  17. The subjects of oblivion: Subalterity, sanism, and racial erasure
    Ameil Joseph
  18. Institutional ceremonies? The (im)possibilities of transformative co-production in mental health
    Sarah Carr
  19. "Are you experienced?" The use of experiential knowledge in mental health and its contribution to Mad Studies
    Danny Taggart
  20. De-pathologising motherhood
    Angela Sweeney, Billie Lever Taylor
  21. The professional regulation of madness in nursing and social work
    Jennifer Poole, Chris Chapman, Sonia Meerai, Joanne Azevedo, Abir Gebara, Nargis Hussein, Rebecca Ballen
  22. The (global) rise of anti-stigma campaigns
    Jana-Maria Fey, China Mills
  23. Part 4: Doing Mad Studies

  24. Why we must talk about de-medicalization
    María Isabel Cantón
  25. Imagining non-carceral futures with(in) Mad Studies
    Pan Karanikolas
  26. Madness in the time of war: Post-war reflections on practice and research beyond the borders of psychiatry and development
    Reima Ana Maglajlic
  27. The architecture of my madness
    Caroline Yeo
  28. Re-conceptualising suicidality: Towards collective intersubjective responses
    David Webb
  29. De-coupling and re-coupling violence and madness
    Andrea Daley, Trish Van Katwyk
  30. Upcycling recovery: Potential alliances of recovery, inequality and Mad Studies Lynn Tang
  31. Bodies, boundaries, b/orders: A recent critical history of differentialism and structural adjustment
    Essya M. Nabbali
  32. Spirituality, psychiatry, and Mad Studies
    Lauren J. Tenney
  33. Part 5: Inquiring into the future for Mad Studies

  34. Taking Mad Studies back out into the community
    David Reville
  35. Interrogating Mad Studies in the academy: Bridging the community/academy divide
    Victoria Armstrong and Brenda LeFrançois
  36. Madness, decolonisation and mental health activism in Africa
    Femi Eromosele
  37. Navigating voices, politics, positions amidst peers: Resonances and dissonances in India
    Prateeksha Sharma
  38. ‘Madness’ as a term of division, or rejection
    Colin King

Afterword: The ethics of making knowledge together
Jasna Russo

    Postscript: Mad Studies in a maddening world
    Peter Beresford

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    Peter Beresford OBE is Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia, UK and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national disabled people’s and service users’ organization and network.

    Jasna Russo is a long-term activist in the international psychiatric survivor movement. She is Visiting Professor at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany where she lectures in Research Methods as well as in Critical Diversity and Community Studies. Together with Angela Sweeney, Jasna Russo is a co-editor of Searching for a Rose Garden. Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies (2016).