University of Queensland
Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies
School of Social Work (RPS) / ECU South West Research Centre
Positioned as an epilogue to the themed edition of Social Alternatives on the nature and politics of madness in contemporary Australian society, this article has been inspired by the narratives and analyses of the contributors to this edition. It aims to go beyond madness to explore _strategies of resistance to the violence of marginalisation, humiliation and incarceration which often comes before and after a diagnosis of madness. Proposed strategies for resistance include studying up and speaking back to the oppressors; improving the capacity of bystanders to intervene; holding a structural analysis of power and resistance to support social change work; and affirming the value of non-violence and dialogical processes. In this article, resistance to violence is viewed as inevitable, desirable and an act of optimism.