The cultural studies tradition is a big tent that is defined by academic realpolitik and feelings of affinity or disaffinity as much as anything else. This article recounts my own introduction to and professionalization within the field of cultural studies and, more particularly, how my relationship to empirical research methods changed over time. I ultimately want to argue for the importance of staying grounded in the analysis of real people’s real experiences of culture.

cultural studies, empiricism, experience, professionalization, research methods
dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877920903053
International Journal of Cultural Studies
School of Journalism and Communication

Woo, B. (2020). Cultural studies and actually existing culture. International Journal of Cultural Studies. doi:10.1177/1367877920903053