In this article, I discuss some of the problems I have encountered in conducting field research abroad, specifically in England, South Africa, Russia and China - a broad variety of societies ranging from free to not free societies. I discuss the problems I encountered and how I overcame some of them and was stymied by others. I have had problems gaining access to interviewees; establishing rapport with interviewees from different societies; and have had my motives questioned. Nevertheless, my research has been rewarding and has resulted in a number of serendipitous discoveries.
Field Research, Open-Ended Interviewing, Research Abroad, Reflexivity, Serendipity, South Africa, Russia, China and England
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Hubbell, L. D. (2003). False Starts, Suspicious Interviewees and Nearly Impossible Tasks: Some Reflections on the Difficulty of Conducting Field Research Abroad . The Qualitative Report, 8(2), 195-209. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol8/iss2/3