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A culture, especially of young people, with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.

coun′ter·cul′tur·al adj.
coun′ter·cul′tur·ist n.


(Sociology) an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm


(ˈkaʊn tərˌkʌl tʃər)

the culture and lifestyle of those people who reject the dominant values and behavior of society.
coun`ter•cul′tur•al, adj.
coun′ter•cul`tur•ist, n.


A culture within a society, consisting of people, especially the young, who reject the values of the mainstream.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterculture - a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
culture - the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
flower power - a counterculture of young people in the US during the 1960s and 70s
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THE COUNTERCULTURE movement of the 1960s is one of the most continually fascinating and endlessly examined milestones of the 20th century.
monogamy, marriage) may be comfortable for some, and preferred by many, but there were parts of the counterculture that improved the dominant culture.
A major figure of the counterculture Beat Generation, William S.
Sanguineti (1930-2010) was a committed Marxist with one foot in the counterculture; that is, he was committed to the notion that the intellectual must create a counterculture, something that is in opposition to the status quo.
Jorge Rojas Lopez says that like the hippie counterculture movement of the 1960s, bikers and their reputation for being rough, tough and rebellious is uniquely American.
An exhibit opening Friday at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art takes a broad look at the art of the 1960s counterculture - not flower power posters and tie-dyed clothing, but the deeper, more revolutionary changes that erupted to blur the lines between art, performance and life itself.
Lawson seeks to span this chasm by portraying the blues as a counterculture that evolved over time, variously accommodating and challenging racial inequality as its individual practitioners navigated paths along a continuum between these two poles.
FUG YOU: AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE PEACE EYE BOOKSTORE, THE FUCK YOU PRESS, THE FUGS, AND COUNTERCULTURE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE is a fine documentation of change for any collection strong in the 1960s counterculture experience.
THIS LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS: ONE DREAM SIXTY ACRES, AND A FAMILY UNDONE provides a fine memoir telling of one family's pursuit of a counterculture experiment and how their romantic back-to-the-land dream collapsed.
An Argument for Counter-culture in Jordan Applying Indian counterculture argument to Jordan:
A companion volume to Vineland (1990), Inherent Vice explores the operations of power and the possibilities of resisting it, the mindless pleasures and the loss of innocence of the counterculture, and the possibility that we all are inextricably implicated in the ideologies and practices we oppose.