Ontological Security in World Politics: State Identity and the Security Dilemma

@article{Mitzen2006OntologicalSI,
  title={Ontological Security in World Politics: State Identity and the Security Dilemma},
  author={Jennifer Mitzen},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  year={2006},
  volume={12},
  pages={341 - 370}
}
  • Jennifer Mitzen
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Computer Science
  • European Journal of International Relations
This article proposes that in addition to physical security, states also seek ontological security, or security of the self. Ontological security is achieved by routinizing relationships with significant others, and actors therefore become attached to those relationships. Like its physical counterpart, the ontological security motive is a constant. But states may adhere to routines rigidly or reflexively, and variation in attachment style has implications for security-seeking. This article… 
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