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.

chapter |16 pages


ByPeter Beresford

part Part 1|73 pages

Mad Studies and political organising of people with psychiatric experience

chapter 1|11 pages

The international foundations of Mad Studies

Knowledge generated in collective action
ByJasna Russo

chapter 2|4 pages

Reflections on power, knowledge and change

ByMary O’Hagan, Peter Beresford

chapter 4|12 pages

A crazy, warrior and “respondona” Peruvian

All personal transformation is social and political
ByBrenda Del Rocio Valdivia Quiroz

chapter 5|4 pages

Reflections on survivor knowledge and Mad Studies

ByIrit Shimrat

chapter 6|3 pages

Speaking for ourselves

An early UK survivor activist's account
ByPeter Campbell

chapter 7|3 pages

Fostering community responsibility

Perspectives from the Pan African network of people with psychosocial disabilities
ByDaniel Mwesigwa Iga

chapter 9|10 pages

The social movement of people with psychosocial disabilities in Japan

Strategies for taking the struggle to academia
ByNaoyuki Kirihara

chapter 10|14 pages

Re-writing the Master Narrative

A Prerequisite for Mad Liberation
ByWilda L. White

part Part 2|41 pages

Situating Mad Studies

chapter 11|5 pages

A genealogy of the concept of “Mad Studies”

ByRichard A. Ingram

chapter 13|11 pages

Mad Studies and disability studies

ByHannah Morgan

chapter 14|13 pages

Weaponizing absent knowledges

Countering the violence of mental health law
ByFleur Beaupert, Liz Brosnan

part Part 3|69 pages

Mad Studies and knowledge equality

chapter 15|7 pages

The subjects of oblivion

Subalterity, sanism, and racial erasure
ByAmeil Joseph

chapter 16|12 pages

Institutional ceremonies?

The (im)possibilities of transformative co-production in mental health
BySarah Carr

chapter 17|12 pages

“Are you experienced?”

The use of experiential knowledge in mental health and its contribution to Mad Studies
ByDanny Taggart

chapter 18|11 pages

De-pathologising motherhood

ByAngela Sweeney, Billie Lever Taylor

chapter 19|13 pages

The professional regulation of madness in nursing and social work

ByJennifer Poole, Chris Chapman, Sonia Meerai, Joanne Azevedo, Abir Gebara, Nargis Hussaini, Rebecca Ballen

chapter 20|12 pages

The (global) rise of anti-stigma campaigns

ByJana-Maria Fey, China Mills

part Part 4|101 pages

Doing Mad Studies

chapter 21|12 pages

Why we must talk about de-medicalization

ByMaría Isabel Cantón

chapter 22|6 pages

Imagining non-carceral futures with(in) Mad Studies

ByPan Karanikolas

chapter 23|12 pages

Madness in the time of war

Post-war reflections on practice and research beyond the borders of psychiatry and development
ByReima Ana Maglajlić

chapter 24|8 pages

The architecture of my madness

ByCaroline Yeo

chapter 25|10 pages

Re-conceptualising suicidality

Towards collective intersubjective responses
ByDavid Webb

chapter 26|13 pages

De-coupling and re-coupling violence and Madness

ByAndrea Daley, Trish Van Katwyk

chapter 27|10 pages

Upcycling recovery

Potential alliances of recovery, inequality and Mad Studies
ByLynn Tang

chapter 29|14 pages

Spirituality, psychiatry, and Mad Studies

ByLauren J. Tenney

part Part 5|72 pages

Inquiring into the future for Mad Studies

chapter 30|8 pages

Taking Mad Studies back out into the community

ByDavid Reville

chapter 31|12 pages

Interrogating mad studies in the academy

Bridging the community/academy divide
ByVictoria Armstrong, Brenda A. LeFrançois

chapter 32|13 pages

Madness, decolonisation and mental health activism in Africa

ByFemi Eromosele

chapter 33|11 pages

Navigating voices, politics, positions amidst peers

Resonances and dissonances in India
ByPrateeksha Sharma

chapter 34|12 pages

‘Madness' as a term of division, or rejection

ByColin King

chapter |7 pages


The ethics of making knowledge together
ByJasna Russo

chapter |7 pages


Mad Studies in a maddening world
ByPeter Beresford