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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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Prominent examples of innovation countercultures include the Homebrew Computer Club that spawned Apple and about 29 other companies and MIT Media Lab, which gave us touch screens, netbooks, and children's programming.
Case studies from the Yukon to Atlantic Canada explore the ways Canadians who identified with rural and urban countercultures from 1960s to 1980s engaged with environmental issues.
Thompson, the interviews work to make the split between Kesey the man and Kesey the performer somewhat clearer while persistently underscoring his position as a major touchstone for post-World War II American countercultures.
Nevertheless, libertarian book clubs, poetry circles, and anarchist periodicals served as a bridge between the vibrant anarchist countercultures of the early twentieth century and the 1960s.
Whereas many of the spiritual and religious countercultures that proliferated in the United States during the same time frame were led by "gurus" who all seemed to deny the importance of the material realm from the back of a Rolls Royce, Jim Jones lived nearly as simply as his flock.
If Martinez criticizes both the Beat and the Chicano countercultures, it is not simply to disparage them but rather to open up a broader dialogue between them by destabilizing the countercultural certainties that each takes for granted in its own way.
Like he did in his filmmaking debut ``Big Night,'' which was co-directed with Campbell Scott, Tucci excels here at evoking the flavor of a specific, offbeat setting: Greenwich Village between the early century decades of socio-cultural radicalism and the passing parade of modern countercultures that would soon be brought by bop and the beats.
This b&w photo-illustrated reference for high school and up, part of a series describing different countercultures in American history from a sociological perspective, investigates the history, music, literature, art, fashion, gender-bending, and community of modern goth culture in the US and around the world.
St John (Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland) presents a cultural history of global electronic dance music countercultures, documenting an emerging network of techno-tribes.
to the zoot-suiters, a youth counter-culture that emerged among predominately African American and Mexican American youths during the late 1930s, this three-volume encyclopedia contains some 500 entries describing a broad array of topics associated with religious, political, identity, artistic, and lifestyle countercultures across American history.
Part of a series on American counterculture, this book aims to give an authoritative first-hand account of how skinhead culture emerged and developed in the United States.
Part of series on counterculture movements in American history, this volume on radical feminism examines women's struggles during the 1960s and 1970s, for equal rights and a variety of other issues, in the context of the radical zeitgeist of the era.