Countercultures have their own unique role in society. Countercultures are simply subcultures whose values or activities and goals are opposed or run counter to that of the mainstream or dominant culture. Counterculture can also be described as a group whose behavior deviates from the societal norm. Countercultures can be both negative and positive. They can also become larger when more people are involved and assimilate into the mainstream just as subcultures in general have this potential.
Biker Gangs, drug users, career criminals, prisoners, and terrorists have in common that they all have negative perceptions from society and are countercultures. The March on Wall Street group of people can be considered a counterculture and can be viewed as both positive and negative. Members of the Underground Railroad who fought for freedom during times of slavery can be a counterculture viewed as positive today but at the time had a negative view by most of society. Today, society believes everybody is equal and has the same rights in America which is the mainstream... [continues]
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