Counter Culture

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Counter Culture[edit]

A subculture whose values, principles, and behaviours contrast those of the so called “mainstream” culture. The term was coined and defined by Theodore Roszak in his book, The Making of a Counter Culture (1969), which refers to the cultural revolution that occurred in the Western World during the 1960s and 1970s. Many socio-political movements of the twentieth century can be identified as counter-culture, such as the Beat Generation, the Hippie movement and the LGBT movement. As the rise of globalisation has led to a multicultural global society and created more and more labile distinctions of mainstream cultures, it has become more challenging to identify clearly defined counter-cultures.

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