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Subculture
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A subculture is a partial culture of a society that differs from the socially dominant (primary) culture in its values, norms, attitudes, needs, lifestyles, and symbols, as well as its behavior patterns, organizations, institutions, and traditions. Subcultures presuppose differentiated and pluralistic societies. The term itself goes back to the sociological study of delinquency in the 1940s: the deviant but internally strictly codified behavior of juvenile delinquents could be explained as the result of social discrimination and lack of opportunities for …

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Hermsen, Edmund, “Subculture”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125005>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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