Title:
Contraculture and Subculture
Authors:
Yinger, J. Milton
Abstract:
Current sociological work makes extensive use of the concept of subculture--in the analysis of delinquency, adolescence, regional and class differences, religious sects, occupational styles, and other topics. In the study of these areas, our understanding has been increased by seeing norms that vary from more general standards as manifestations, in part, of distinctive subsocieties. Unfortunately, however, the term subculture is used in several different ways. In over 100 sources reviewed here, three clearly different meanings are found, with resultant imprecision in its application. A new term contraculture, is suggested in order to distinguish between normative systems of sub-societies and emergent norms that appear in conflict situations. The usefulness of this distinction is explored with reference to several substantive areas of research.
Citation:
Yinger, J. Milton. 1960. "Contraculture and Subculture." American Sociological Review 25(5): 625-35.
Publisher:
American Sociological Association
DATE ISSUED:
1960-10
Department:
Sociology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.2307/2090136
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310026

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dc.contributor.authorYinger, J. Miltonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:23:34Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:23:34Z-
dc.date.issued1960-10en
dc.identifier.citationYinger, J. Milton. 1960. "Contraculture and Subculture." American Sociological Review 25(5): 625-35.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0003-1224en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310026-
dc.description.abstractCurrent sociological work makes extensive use of the concept of subculture--in the analysis of delinquency, adolescence, regional and class differences, religious sects, occupational styles, and other topics. In the study of these areas, our understanding has been increased by seeing norms that vary from more general standards as manifestations, in part, of distinctive subsocieties. Unfortunately, however, the term subculture is used in several different ways. In over 100 sources reviewed here, three clearly different meanings are found, with resultant imprecision in its application. A new term contraculture, is suggested in order to distinguish between normative systems of sub-societies and emergent norms that appear in conflict situations. The usefulness of this distinction is explored with reference to several substantive areas of research.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Sociological Associationen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/2090136-
dc.subject.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.titleContraculture and Subcultureen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Sociological Reviewen_US
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