BIO

Amanda Watson is a 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. Amanda lives in East Vancouver with her partner, two kids, and two rescue pups. Her next book project explores the politics of the BirthStrike movement for climate justice.

 

AVAILABLE NOW FROM UBC PRESS

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THE JUGGLING MOTHER:
COMING UNDONE IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY

September 2020

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

See CV for complete list.

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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.

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.

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

In the Classroom

OPINION: SOCIETY HAS COME TO EXPECT THE JUGGLING ACT

November 20, 2020

September 18, 2020

 

COURSES (2020/21)

See below for previously taught.

GLOBAL PROBLEMS AND THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM

This course is currently taught through the lens of responses to COVID-19. 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 2021

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, 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

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

SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

Acadia

SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILIES

Acadia

INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

SFU

 

CONTACT

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Simon Fraser University
AQ 5054, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC, Canada  V5A 1S6 

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