A culture in which the values expressed and promoted are in potential or actual opposition to those of the dominant culture, sometimes amounting to a wholesale rejection of that culture. The term became particularly prominent in the 1960s as a label for the radical culture of the hippies, and for particular variants of popular culture such as rock music. In sport, alternative physical practices or activities such as frisbee have sometimes been seen as counter-cultural in relation to the dominant culture of mainstream sports. Such activities are often, though, swiftly appropriated by the sports industry, organized into competitive and commodified forms, and so shorn of their counter-cultural potential.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.