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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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With this purpose, Alderson firstly defines his socialist humanist framework through Herbert Marcuse, Raymond Williams and Alan Sinfield, which he does so as to determine whether radical stands are still present in (queer) counterculture and subculture under neoliberalism.
Waters' new memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, is a reminiscence of an extended adolescence spent not only navigating the enticements of postwar liberation--drinking, sex, art and anti-establishment politics--but also foreign countries, including France, Turkey, Georgia and Greece, to name a few, places that embrace community and kindness as much as food and cooking.
A counterculture is a subculture whose values, ethos, and aspirations differ substantially from those of the mainstream.
Fass's broadcasts speak to a wide range of scholarly interests, from the relationship between music, art, and activism, to how the counterculture of the '60s began to fragment in the face of the identity politics of the '70s and '80s.
As the counterculture foresaw, finding a balance between technology and environment is not easy and it continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing the world today.
Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Tony Auth, who began his work in the underground American publications of the '60s, told NPR's Fresh Air program in 1988 that it was easier working for mainstream than counterculture newspapers because the "underground editors tended to think they knew the truth.
THE COUNTERCULTURE movement of the 1960s is one of the most continually fascinating and endlessly examined milestones of the 20th century.
The reader shares Nick's feelings as he walks into this counterculture portrayed by blood- and mud-stained floors, skinheads, raw sex, unfettered language, and loud, raucous music.
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.