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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) an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm
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(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.
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A culture within a society, consisting of people, especially the young, who reject the values of the mainstream.
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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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LOS ANGELES Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.
Translating the Counterculture: The Reception of the Beats in Turkey
Three titans of the '60s counterculture died within two weeks this past January: Jonas Mekas, the main force behind the New American Cinema, aka underground movies; Izzy Young, the original folkie and prime organizer of the Greenwich Village folk revival; and DuA!an Makavejev, the taboo-busting Yugoslav filmmaker who made the quintessential counterculture film WR: Mysteries of the Organism.
1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture, and the Shaping of a Generation.
By examining the reception of the American Beat Generation in Turkey, Mortenson investigates what happens when one culture borrows a counterculture critique from a different culture.
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.
"From Counterculture to Cyberculture" took its title from Fred Turner's influential 2006 book, which demonstrated the unexpected symbiosis between the Bay Area counterculture of the 1960s and the computer industry that emerged in nearby Silicon Valley over the same decade.
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 earned a reputation as "the midwife at the birth of the counterculture" for his commentary on the culture and turbulent politics of the 1960s and for live coverage of such landmark events as the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the Columbia University student protests, and the Tompkins Square Riots.
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." Many of the earlier Kesey interviews are also drawn from the small underground press of the time and, as one might suspect, they carry its bias.
"The Underground Reader: Sources in the Transatlantic Counterculture" is a collection of primary sources compiled and co-edited by Jeffrey H.