Joy completed her undergraduate training in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. She completed her Honours degree in MSocSc also with the University of Cape Town. In 2003 Joy joined the department as a Mellon funded lecturer for a contract period of three years. Initially she intended to complete a further eight months of research on the police in the Western Cape to fulfil the needed 12 months of fieldwork for the doctorate. However, interested in the newly observed migrations of migrants from the African continent to South Africa, Joy completed 15 months of fieldwork over a period of five years. Her final thesis conferred in April 2012 detailed the lives of Congolese migrant men and women the coastal ‘village’ of Muizenberg, Cape Town. She detailed their socialisation into new ways of economic being, while they maintained an economic habitus that garnered them support from other Congolese and a South African patron. In essence, the fine portrayal of three male migrants’ lives in Muizenberg demonstrated their graduation from social childhood to social adulthood.
Owen, J. 2013. “Xenophilia in Cape Town, South Africa: New potentials for Race Relations?” being considered for publication in City and Society.
Owen, J. 2013 “Embodied Expressions of Culture: Congolese Masculinities on Show” being considered for publication in Journal of Culture and Mobility
Owen, J. 2012/3. “Reflection and Reflexivity: Embodying Humanity through Fieldwork” In process as part of an edited book on African Ethnographies (Editors: Prof Rose Boswell and Prof Francis Nyamnjoh)
Owen, J. 2008. “Building a teaching praxis in Anthropology: critical pedagogy in action” in Anthropology Southern Africa Vol 30 (3/4): 111 – 118
Becker, H., Boonzaier, E. and Owen, J. 2005. “Fieldwork in shared spaces: Positionality, power and ethics of citizen anthropologists in southern Africa” in Anthropology Southern Africa 28 (3/4): 123 -- 132
Hendricks, F. (Ed) 2004. “Invoking the reflective gaze: 10 years of experiencing anthropology” in The Social Sciences in South Africa Since 1994: Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Areas of Study. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa