from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A culture, especially of young people, with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.
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- n. Any culture whose values and lifestyles are opposed to those of the established mainstream culture, especially to western culture
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
An extension of this argument can probably be made to reference Goffman's Counterculture Through the Ages, especially in light of Douglas Rushkoff's argument against the term counterculture ...
I've always hated the term counterculture because it implies that we're the ones who are against culture, when it's really the authoritarian overculture that's so deadset against the fecund fertility of a living culture... but I should think a little more thoroughly because at this point this sentence feels like half-baked and warmed-over Hegel.
Theodore Roszak, the author, scholar and critic who brought the term "counterculture" into the mainstream as he documented the social upheavals of the 1960s, has died.
It's counterculture from the Emo fad and the early days of Radiohead.
After surviving two heart surgeries, a heart attack, and addictions to cocaine, Vicodin, and red wine, and outliving many of his peers in counterculture comedy, George Carlin died yesterday at the age of 71.
A large and organized enough counterculture is as likely as not to establish a legal system that supercedes the host nation and is more agreeable to their ideals.
The historical record of the counterculture is one of aspiration to cultivate the best in human beings, but it is also a record of the sordid deeds and speech-acts that sometimes followed in the wake of those aspirations.
Furthermore, given the difficulty of demarcating the counterculture from the rest of American society, it seemed wise to begin the study of hip manhood with groups regarded by their peers as exemplars of commitment.
The contemporary counterculture is similarly, in our view, a massive diversion of political and intellectual energy into pointless cultural issues.
Our complaint about the counterculture is that it has completely failed to deliver on these political promissory notes.
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