For the first time in his life he is really named. He bears his name on the back of his collar and the tops of his socks and the insides of his shoes. No longer a sound which calls only to him, and adheres only to his body, his name has become a separate entity, has floated loose and attached itself to other objects, has become writing. His identity expands and dissipates into a multitude of locations: on his books and his clothes, on rosters and noticeboards, on charts and tables and class photographs. From the pronominal world of the family, he enters the nominal world of the school. He is no longer sovereign, but structural, and to take his place he must learn to combine a name and a body and a voice: Russell Smith? Present!
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