counterculture

A group of people who do and believe things outside of what society considers normal or typical can be called a counterculture. A counterculture might organize itself around opposition to war or unusual ideas about raising children, for example.

A counterculture is at odds with, and sometimes in direct opposition to, the prevailing norms — this was the case at the beginning of the anti-war "hippie" counterculture that formed in the 1960s as a protest against US involvement in the Vietnam War. The term first emerged around this time in Theodore Roszak's 1969 book "The Making of a Counter Culture."

Definitions of counterculture
  1. noun
    a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
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    types:
    flower power
    a counterculture of young people in the US during the 1960s and 70s
    type of:
    culture
    the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
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