|[a] Deference RF|
Remonstrance 1 Remonstrance 2 Remonstrance 3
Remonstrance 4 Remonstrance 5 Remonstrance 6
Remonstrance 7 Remonstrance 8 Remonstrance 9
Remonstrance (5)—Rituals of Corporeality
Picking right up from our discussion in “Remonstrance (4),” Marcel Granet continues, following the peculiar logic of the Book of Ritual, by focusing upon care for parents as both an outgrowth of and prelude to remonstrance. From the obligation to critique the parents’ decisions, we may reflect upon conduct that cements the junior position in the household, and which gives the son the standing to enter the decision-making process. This is not, as the reader of theoreticians on power (from Foucault to Mao) might guess, a set of political duties. It is, at core, care for the bodies of the parents—a merging of the ritual 禮 with the corporeal 體). The same filial obligations that instruct the son to preserve his body for his parents has him taking care of the physical minutiae that make up their corporeality.
|[b] Complex density RF|