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Arturo Escobar (1952) is a Colombian-American anthropologist primarily known for his contribution to postdevelopment theory and political ecology.
- Encountering Development: the making and unmaking of the third world, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1995.
- El final del salvaje. Naturaleza, cultura y política en la antropología contemporánea, Santafé de Bogotá: CEREC / ICAN, 1999. (Spanish)
- editor, with Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, World Anthropologies: Disciplinary Transformations in Contexts of Power, Oxford: Berg, 2006.
- Antropologías del mundo. Transformaciones disciplinarias dentro de sistemas de poder, trans. Carlos Andrés Barragán and Eduardo Restrepo, Popayán, Colombia: Envión, 2008. (Spanish)
- Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008, xvi+435 pp.
- editor, with Walter Mignolo, Globalization and the Decolonial Option, London/New York: Routledge, 2009, 412 pp. The first book in English profiling the work of a research collective that evolved around the notion of coloniality, understood as the hidden agenda and the darker side of modernity. First published as a special issue of Cultural Studies (21:2-3). Publisher. Review: Merino (Sociology).
- Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018, 312 pp. Publisher. Review: Parker (Society+Space).