‘Childish’ beyond Age : Reconceptualising the Aesthetics of Resistance
Ylönen, Susanne C. (2021). ‘Childish’ beyond Age : Reconceptualising the Aesthetics of Resistance. In Eriksen Ødegaard, Elin; Spord Borgen, Jorunn (Eds.) Childhood Cultures in Transformation : 30 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Action towards Sustainability (pp. 197-213). Brill Sense. DOI: 10.1163/9789004445666_010
© Susanne C. Ylönen, 2021
This chapter explores the concept of ‘aesthetic sublation’ – a performative mode of meaning making that seeks to degrade its object (; ). Here, the phenomenon of aesthetic sublation is discussed as a form of resistance. Moreover, it is related to intergenerational negotiations through cases in which the labels of ‘childish’ and ‘horrific’ or ‘nasty’ converge. The chapter offers a review of how resistance is conceptualized in, for example, childhood studies, aesthetics and research on popular culture and it asks what can be gained by reconceptualising these instances as aesthetic sublation.