As long as there has been culture, there has been counterculture. At times it moves deep below the surface of things, a stealth mode of being all but invisible to the dominant paradigm; at other times it’s in plain sight, challenging the status quo; and at still other times it erupts in a fiery burst of creative – or destructive – energy to change the world forever.
But until now the countercultural phenomenon has been one of history’s great blind spots. Individual countercultures have been explored, but never before has a book set out to demonstrate the recurring nature of counterculturalism across all times and societies, and to illustrate its dynamic role in the continuous evolution of human values and cultures.
Counterculturist Sirius sets the record straight in this colorful, anecdotal, and wide-ranging study. With a distinctive mix of academics and passion, Sirius identifies the distinguishing characteristics of countercultures, and its underlying principles: individualism, anti-authoritarianism, and a belief in the possibility of personal and social transformation.