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Hannah Bennett

Hannah Bennett

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Seminar Tutor


Hannah is a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the School of Education, Communication and Society.

Hannah has a BA History (Oxford), an MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia (SOAS) and an MPhil Social Anthropology (Cambridge). Having recently returned from two and a half years fieldwork in Southern China, Hannah is currently writing her ESRC-funded PhD in Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.

Hannah's PhD explores caddies working at golf courses in China. On the surface, a study of golf may appear whimsical. However, by framing it as a socially constituted leisure activity rather than focusing on the technicalities of the sport, this project acts as a lens through which to view a number of complex issues located at the forefront of the anthropology of China: issues such as gender, class, and migration. This thesis takes the example of caddies as a micro-exploration to enable macro-analysis. Though often seen as on the fringes of society, the golf industry has seen growth despite governmental moratoriums. This has caused golf in China to be in a period of ‘spring’: of growth, transformation, and adaptation. Indeed, as the golf industry has adapted, so too have caddie employment practices reacted to the unsteady position of golf in China and responded to recruitment issues caused by the one child policy and increased university attendance. Consequently, an industry previously dominated by young women has diversified. At it's core, this thesis explores the relationship between feminization and professionalization. This research is based on fieldwork spent training as a caddie at a golf course in Southern China, interviews with many engaged in the industry and survey material.

Hannah has also previously researched Gurkha and Nepali migration to the UK in the context of Brexit. In her work within art history, Hannah explored the nude art work of Pan Yuliang as a means of critiquing art historical analyses which foreground subjectivity at the cost of attention to material practice, something which particularly occurs in the study of women artists.

Research interests

  • China
  • Anthropology
  • Class
  • Gender
  • Migration
  • Professionalisation
  • Labour
  • Sports
  • Leisure
  • The nude in Chinese art


  • Introduction to Social Theory
  • Understanding the Social World
  • Power, Inequality and Social Change
  • Everyday Politics of Gender and Sexuality