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The aesthetic expressions produced and reproduced within post-war spectacularyouth (sub)cultures used to be seen as a display of resistance to and subversionof ‘social order’, perceived as opressive of youth life experiences and chances.Under the traditional subculturalist paradigm, both artefacts or performances weresubsumed to the class status of their young practicioners and seen as ideologicalexpression of their dominated and disadvantadged social position. Nowadays,however, the stylistic resources used in youth scenes has taken on new meaningsfor which the concept of resistance is not enough and/or adequate to explain.Therefore, departing from a post-subcultural approach, this essay intends to highlightthe social changes recently occurred in the political culture of spectacularyouth scenes and, consequently, to contribute to overcome resistance as nuclearconcept on the debate, relocating it towards the concept of existence. Following thisidea, and to close this essay, I suggest the concept of arts of existence as analyticalpoint of view on the new expressiveness of the aesthetics of contemporary youthscenes. Inspired in Foucault, that concept allows to go further in the understandingof youth scenes aesthetics as arts of a good living (in the consumption sphere), andarts of making a living (in the production sphere)
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