While volumes of procedural guidelines are available on how to conduct fieldwork, in practice a researcher encounters various challenges and dilemmas in the field. This paper presents a holistic view of the puzzles this researcher encountered in gaining access, negotiating positionality, application of the pre-determined methodology, and ensuring ethics during his fieldwork with microfinance program participants in a non-Western setting. This paper contributes to the fieldwork literature by enhancing a researcher’s understanding of the unanticipated challenges.
qualitative case study, microfinance, fieldwork challenges, reflexivity, positionality, Bangladesh
I would like to give thanks to my Supervisors for the valuable comments and suggestions during the fieldwork. I am also indebted to the reviewers and editors for their valuable comments and suggestions to improve the manuscript. The research was supported by the grants of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh
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Chowdhury, M. (2021). Conducting Field Work with Microfinance Programs’ Participants in a Non-Western Setting: A Reflexive Account. The Qualitative Report, 26(7), 2268-2281. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4778