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.

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Keywords cultural studies, empiricism, experience, professionalization, research methods
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Journal International Journal of Cultural Studies
Woo, B. (2020). Cultural studies and actually existing culture. International Journal of Cultural Studies. doi:10.1177/1367877920903053