An Introduction to Cultural Studies


The term “culture” is often used to refer to artistic and creative production. More broadly, culture is how we experience and interpret the world. As cultural theorist John Storey argues, “Culture is not in the object, but in the experience of the object: how we make it meaningful, what we do with it, how we value it” (x). By sharing in culture, we share in how we interpret the world. Cultural analysis, therefore, reveals the collective priorities and beliefs of a given society. 

Work Cited: John Storey, Inventing Popular Culture: From Folklore to Globalization (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2003), pg x.