One of the reflexive features of globalization is that the term ‘globalization’ has now entered academic discourses across the planet. In the early 1990s the term was, apart from the notable exceptions of Robertson and Giddens, more or less the property of business schools. They used it to teach their MBA students how to market, and often to establish production, beyond the boundaries of their own nation-state. By the turn of the millennium, however, globalization had become a central topic of debate across the social science disciplines. Critics had emerged, most visibly from the progressivist left, whose general thrust was to assert the continuity of the social structures of modernity, principally of the main institutions of capitalist society, the nationally based corporation and the nation-state.