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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.
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(Sociology) of or relating to a counterculture
ˌcounterˈculturalist n
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Bookchin, as an anarchist counterculturalist, insists that what he calls the "deep-rooted conservatism of the PLP 'revolutionaries' is almost painfully evident; the authoritarian leader and hierarchy replace the patriarch and the school bureaucracy; the discipline of the Movement replaces the discipline of bourgeois society; the authoritarian code of political obedience replaces the state; the credo of 'proletarian morality' replaces the mores of puritanism and the work ethic" ([1969] 1971, 176).
One's credentials as a counterculturalist, then, can be endangered if the work is associated with direct social improvement.
Also in the can is sci-fi thriller Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page once again, and Hippie Hippie Shake, where he plays '60s counterculturalist Richard Neville, opposite Sienna Miller, whom he worked alongside in Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge of Love, filmed in Wales.
More than one Arte Povera artist cultivated a counterculturalist fantasy, verging on the mystical, of low-technology nomadism; the catalogue copy cites as decisive Tayou's own nomadic passages through the coils of the contemporary art world, from his birthplace in Cameroon to his San Gimignano, Italy, and New York galleries to his Belgian residence to his starturn in Venice.
Mills lives in the upper Midwest, a site she chose more than fifteen years ago, turning her back on a cozy apartment on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco to take up residence with a counterculturalist she had met at the First North American Bioregional Congress.
A public theology that is serious about contributing to the conditions necessary for a just society cannot enter into the public dialogue only to proclaim its truth for others to hear (a danger in unnuanced counterculturalist theologies).
Bill Clinton is the country's "Counterculturalist in Chief." Adviser Tony Lake is "pandering, wheeling and dealing" to "foreclose vital American defense capabilities." "If you like Lani Guinier," promises Gaffney, "you'll love Mort Halperin."
No counterculturalist would agree that as between "relations with others" and work, the latter is "the major source of adult development".
Graffiti is evident: the Zone is also home to numerous counterculturalists who secretly found a way in.
For example, the Weather Underground wanted "world communism"; the civil rights movement wanted the humiliation of being black in America to be replaced by the dignity of being a black American; and the counterculturalists wanted to popularize sex, drugs, and outsider status.
Pepsi, for example, once urged young counterculturalists to "Come alive!
Chapter 4 builds on the theorization of group identity formation by explaining how American counterculturalists worked together to build community-based economic ventures, formalized barter systems, alternative education, and holistic health services.