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The phrase that so scandalised the logical positivists, 'Nothing Nothings', indicates that time is manifest in the chronic reciprocity of Being and non-Being. Being exists in the coming-to-be of presence, which replaces both the idea of the 'present' and the 'point in space'. This theorem is expanded and developed in Heidegger's later writings, in which he 32 A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism rejects the priority he accorded to time over space in Being and Time. 7 'Presence', however, should not be confused with the traditional notion of 'object in time' which Heidegger has specifically set out to criticise.
To study the structuration of social systems is to study the conditions governing their continuity. change or dissolution. According centrality to the notion of social reproduction does not imply emphasising stability at the expense of radical discontinuities in system organisation. The inherent relation between production and reproduction involved in the idea of the duality of structure carries with it the implication that the seeds of change are present in every moment of the constitution of social systems across time and space.
Within the confines of this book I do not pretend to develop a theory of nationalism in any depth; but I do offer a discussion of some of the features that such a theory might involve. Nationalism is a specifically modern phenomenon and as such, I believe, expresses psychological sentiments that feed upon the rootlessness of an everyday life in which what Geertz calls the 'primordial sentiments' of social reproduction, grounded in tradition, have become substantially disintegrated. Virtually all writers on nationalism have commented on its 'Janus-faced' character.
A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism by Anthony Giddens