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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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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.
American countercultures; an encyclopedia of nonconformists, alternative lifestyles, and radical ideas in U.S.
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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.
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