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BIO

Amanda Watson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Her first book, The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety, is available now from UBC Press.

 
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I Learn As A Mother is episode five in VancouverMom.ca's Video series - As A Mother. I Learn As A Mother features Dr. Amanda Watson, SFU researcher, lecturer, and author of the book The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety. Amanda's book and research focus on the stereotypes modern mothers face. She explores what she refers to as the 'juggling mother's self-imposed expectation to endure a bigger share of the child-rearing responsibilities while also maintaining a professional career.’ Ironically, at the height of the global pandemic, while faced with pressures from work, lack of childcare, working and teaching from home, and government restrictions, Amanda found herself entrenched in the stereotypes she fights against daily. I Learn As A Mother is one woman's journey to create change and demystify the common belief that women have to and are able to, juggle it all. Amanda’s story highlights the mental shift of asking for help and having a weight lifted when she let go of what is commonly referred to as the invisible load. VancouverMom.ca's As A Mother Series is partially funded by a Government of Canada Heritage grant, which supports communities through arts and heritage and is made possible in part by the Government of Canada. All videos are thoughtfully filmed and produced by Kahani Pictures. To never miss an episode of As A Mother subscribe to our weekly newsletter at https://www.vancouvermom.ca/subscribe/

AVAILABLE NOW FROM UBC PRESS

THE JUGGLING MOTHER:
COMING UNDONE IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY

September 2020

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Recent Publications
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"USUALLY THE MOTHER" DILATION AND THE MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF INTERSEX CHILDREN

2021

Calling on mothers to dilate their children disguises assault as maternal and medical care.

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THE JUGGLING MOTHER

2021

Here I situate and theorize the juggling mother ideal in the context of decades of maternal theory and motherhood literatures.

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FEMINIST POLITICS STILL NEEDS MOTHERHOOD

2020

Feminist theorists must retain and critique the institution of motherhood in order to better understand its disciplinary nature, and how it separates mothers from feminism, and women from each other and themselves.

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I'M SUCH A BAD MOM

2018

Every morning, I leave my toddlers in the car while I hustle, a hound under each arm, the 10 metres to and from the gates of doggy daycare. And every morning, I cross my fingers that nobody sees me and calls the police.

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QUELLING ANXIETY AS INTIMATE WORK

2016

Anxiety is a public feeling, even though we tend to think of it as private, and mothers bear the brunt of responsibility for alleviating these feelings.

MEDIA & INSIGHTS

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OPINION: SOCIETY HAS COME TO EXPECT THE JUGGLING ACT

November 20, 2020

For the Globe and Mail.

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A MOTHER'S WORK IS NEVER DONE: AN INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA WATSON

January 2, 2021

Despite decades of fighting for equality, women continue to be expected to handle the bulk of work at home while striving in the workplace.

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October 13, 2020

The following is an excerpt from Amanda Watson’s new book, The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety, in which she finds herself nine months pregnant with her second baby, multiple balls in the air.

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October 5, 2020

An interview with CTV Morning LIVE.

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September 23, 2020

An interview with Tarnjit Parmar of News1130

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September 18, 2020

A chat with author Amanda D. Watson

COURSES (2022)

See below for previously taught.

GLOBAL PROBLEMS AND THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM

We examine the ways in which the capitalist economic system has shaped value systems, and influenced what we can think of as "capitalist culture." Throughout the course we explore how various global problems and responses to these problems are rooted in capitalist culture and how we might imagine problems and responses differently.

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POLITICS OF FAMILY

January - April 2022

What makes a family? Whose families are afforded political and social inclusion and who is excluded on the basis of family illegibility? This course invites students to critically analyze the sociopolitical construction of families and the stakes involved for love and kinship across hierarchies of power. Topics include: care, gendered and racialized divisions of labour, home economics, legal and biomedical constructions of family, queering kinship, love and intimacy, colonial legacy, eugenics, assisted reproductive technologies, poverty, monogamy and nonmonogamy, parenting, motherhood, and having kids in climate crisis, among others.

POWER, CONFLICT, AND CHANGE IN CANADIAN SOCIETY

2022

This course aims to introduce students to foundational assumptions about Canadian society. It also aims to prepare students to write essays for the social sciences. We will begin with an introduction to how social scientists approach the study of society in general, and move through a series of questions particular to Canadian society, including: How is Canadian society infused with colonial legacy? How are social hierarchies shaped by deeply held ideas about Canada and rooted in Canadian law and policy? Topics include: state violence, citizenship, capitalism, welfare state, poverty, immigration, labour, education, health, media, and activism. We will consider several Canadian myths, including multiculturalism, a level playing field, and equal access to health and education.

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PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT

INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Acadia

GENDER, RACE, AND POPULAR CULTURE

SFU

SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND POPULAR CULTURE

Ottawa

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Acadia

SOCIOLOGY OF WORK

Acadia