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  • Permalink Petroleum-based plastics now take up about 25 percent of the volume of landfills. But knives, forks, and spoons made from a starch-polyester material won't contribute to the problem, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),  Agriculture Research Service (ARS) innovation. Various biodegradable starch-polyester compositions can be used for other one-time-use items such as plastic bags and wraps that are now made from petroleum. USDA photo by Scott Bauer.Gallery

    Book Review: Food, Power and Agency by Jürgen Martschukat and Bryant Simon

Book Review: Food, Power and Agency by Jürgen Martschukat and Bryant Simon

In Food, Power and Agency, editors Jürgen Martschukat and Bryant Simon bring together contributors to explore how food, power and agency contribute […]

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    Book Review: Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices by Manish Thakur and Rajesh R. Babu

Book Review: Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices by Manish Thakur and Rajesh R. Babu

In Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices, editors Manish Thakur and Rajesh R. Babu bring together contributors to analyse the […]

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    Book Review: Borrowing Together: Microfinance and Cultivating Social Ties by Becky Yang Hsu

Book Review: Borrowing Together: Microfinance and Cultivating Social Ties by Becky Yang Hsu

In Borrowing Together: Microfinance and Cultivating Social Ties, Becky Yang Hsu draws upon two microfinance projects in rural China […]

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    Book Review: Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes edited by Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen and Eric Werker

Book Review: Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes edited by Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen and Eric Werker

If development is predicated upon sustained economic growth, how can this be achieved? In Deals and Development: The Political […]

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    Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

In Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, Emma Tarlo explores the hidden networks through which human hair circulates around the world, […]

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    Book Review: The Chinese Typewriter: A History by Thomas S. Mullaney

Book Review: The Chinese Typewriter: A History by Thomas S. Mullaney

In The Chinese Typewriter: A History, Thomas S. Mullaney offers the first of two volumes exploring the global history of […]

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    Book Review: Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow by Ben Bland

Book Review: Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow by Ben Bland

A new contribution to the Penguin Specials Hong Kong series, in Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow author Ben Bland […]

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    Book Review: Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development by Patrick Allan Sharma

Book Review: Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development by Patrick Allan Sharma

In Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development, Patrick Allan Sharma attends to the lesser-studied final act […]

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    Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

In Law and Economy in Colonial India, Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy explore the origins of British law […]

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    Book Review: How China Escaped the Poverty Trap by Yuen Yuen Ang

Book Review: How China Escaped the Poverty Trap by Yuen Yuen Ang

In How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, Yuen Yuen Ang drills down into the details of China’s economic rise, challenging […]

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    New: Introducing the LSE ‘Reviews in Translation’ Project (LSE Language Centre/LSE Review of Books)

New: Introducing the LSE ‘Reviews in Translation’ Project (LSE Language Centre/LSE Review of Books)

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LSE Language Centre and LSE Review of Books are excited to present the results of a collaboration undertaken across 2016-18. […]

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    Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad

Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad

In Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait, Attiya Ahmad explores experiences of conversion […]

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    Book Review: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China by Julian Gewirtz

Book Review: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China by Julian Gewirtz

In Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China, Julian Gewirtz documents the interactions between […]

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    Book Review: Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine by Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Book Review: Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine by Kaushik Sunder Rajan

In Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine, Kaushil Sunder Rajan examines the dominance of big pharma over […]

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    Book Review: Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico by Prakash Kashwan

Book Review: Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico by Prakash Kashwan

In Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico, Prakash Kashwan contributes to […]

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