A type of subculture firmly antagonistic to the dominant or prevailing culture of a community. The term is generally used to describe the collection of mainly middle-class youth cultures which developed in the 1960s, and whose central feature was the call for the adoption of alternative social structures and lifestyles. … Its opposition to the dominant cultures took very open political and ideological forms, and went beyond the registering of complaint and resistance to the elaborate construction of alternative institutions.
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