One or two years ago I started the Mad Studies bibliography attached to this blog following requests from a number of friends and contacts (and also because there was no parallel resource available elsewhere). There are still, to my knowledge, no other public Mad Studies lists on the internet.
A week or so ago, The Neurocritic linked to my bibliography as part of his/her discussion of “post-antipsychiatry”: many visitors followed, and every day many people arrive at my blog with the search term “Mad Studies” (in fact if you google “Mad Studies,” my bibliography is now the very first page that appears). I thus feel a renewed sense of responsibility to update and augment the list.
However, I’m actually not, I confess, all that sure what should or shouldn’t be included under the auspices of MS. (For instance why “psychiatric anthropology” (which I realize ought to be “psychological anthropology”) and not critical medical sociology… and what about theoretically-oriented British user/survivor researcher discourse? Work in the Medical Humanities? Critical Psychology?) Somewhat inadvertently I find myself actively engaging in the kind of disciplinary formation I normally resist. In any case, my primary purposes for writing this post are to (1) underscore my dis-ease and (2) kindly seek suggestions for what to include (as well as any single articles, texts or multimedia). Thanks!