subculture

A subculture is a group of people within a larger culture, such as a country, who have something in common. They might share religious or political beliefs or be science fiction fans, for example.

A culture is how people live, sometimes based on where they live — you can refer to American culture, Canadian culture, or to an Australian culture. Within these larger cultures, there are also subcultures of many sizes. The Native American community is a subculture, as is the Mormon community. Also, subcultures can be based on interests, like "Deadheads" who used to follow around the rock band "The Grateful Dead." Before 1936, the word subculture was only used by scientists to talk about bacterial cultures.

Definitions of subculture
  1. noun
    a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs
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    suburbia
    suburbanites considered as a cultural class or subculture
    youth culture
    young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
    psychedelia
    the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs
    hip-hop
    an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city
    youth subculture
    a minority youth culture whose distinctiveness depended largely on the social class and ethnic background of its members; often characterized by its adoption of a particular music genre
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    social group
    people sharing some social relation
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