counterculture

(noun) A culture within a larger culture that deliberately challenges or rejects the dominant culture’s behaviors, beliefs, lifestyle, norms, and values.

Examples:

  1. Activists during the Civil Rights Movement (1954–1968).
  2. Aryan Nations
  3. Beatniks
  4. Hippies, part of the Flower Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
  5. gay liberation movement
  6. suffragism
  7. survivalists (also called preppers)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: countercultures
  • Variant forms:
    • counter-culture
    • counter culture
  • Also called:
    • anticulture (anti-culture)
    • alternative culture
  • A (noun) counterculturalist has a (adjective) countercultural lifestyle.

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How to Cite the Definition of Counterculture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “counterculture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/counterculture/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

counterculture. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/counterculture/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “counterculture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/counterculture/.