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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing; 2nd edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095257442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952574422
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,126,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Book Worm on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book first published in 2000, then republished in 2004 by Chipmunkapublishing , is a Classic.

I have reread this book over five times, each time I see the writing from a new perspective. This book is a well written look into the UK mental health scene.

I woul recomend reading it, because of the number of authors within the book, and thier honest words.
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This 2000 book contains the writings of 24 authors, writing such essays as "The Need for a Mental Patients' Union," "A Story of Prejudice," "Turning the Asylum Into a Playground," "An Uphill Struggle, But It's Been Worth It," "Towards a Critical Madness," "Psychosis as a Revolutionary Weapon," "True Stories from the Archives of Survival," etc.

The Introduction states, "Mad Pride is set to become the first great civil liberties movement of the new millennium. Over the last century, great strides forward were made by those asserting their rights and self-determination in the fields of race, gender and sexuality, but 'mental health' issues failed to keep pace. This is set to change... This collection documents some of these wilder fringes of the user movement. The writings which follow are written from perspectives concerned with reclaiming the experience of madness and the language surrounding it. Mad Pride itself is a group which promotes raves and rock concerts as a means of spreading the word, and while it does not wish to take part in the endless debates around terminology which have already wasted so much of the user movement's time, it asserts that language can be subverted and that words derive their meanings from the contexts in which they are used. Neither Mad Pride nor this book claim to reflect a full-developed political philosophy, but each addresses some of the issues that will arise as we sharpen our visions... This book... celebrates madness largely from the perspectives of users who refuse to be ground down. It asserts the rights of 'mad' people without pleading for them, in the belief that we should not push meekly for minor concessions, but instead change the world into a fit place for us to live in.
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