Conflict, gender and ontological security-seeking between Eritrea and Tel Aviv

Orit Gazit*, Skyler Inman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The proliferating research in ontological security (OS) studies explores how irregular situations of ‘radical disjuncture’ remove the protective cocoon of routinised trust relations that enables the actors to ‘bracket out’ daily threats and dangers. Following this loss of trust, the actors perform a variety of OS-seeking strategies in their attempts to re-establish their lost trust in themselves and their surroundings. But how do disempowered actors in global politics, who suffer multiple marginalities and flee states that turn against their own citizens, seek ontological security (OS)? Focusing on Eritrean asylum-seeking women in southern Tel-Aviv, we rely on ‘thick’ ethnographic data to demonstrate how even when statist violence is the norm, the quest for OS persists in unexpected ways. Adding new insight to the growing research on trust and OS in international relations (IR) and security studies, the article exposes the multiple emerging OS-seeking strategies that thrive in the developing spaces of global politics, while shedding new light on the gendered politics of migration.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)127-148
Number of pages22
JournalConflict, Security and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Ontological security
  • asylum seekers
  • conflict
  • development
  • gender
  • multiple marginalities


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