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The theoretical and empirical studies
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Following the principles of theory building outlined in Chapter 2 and schematically summarised in Figure 2.4, the theoretical groundwork of these studies is in most instances formally presented in theoretical postulates. In line with the often exploratory nature of identity investigation, empirically derived theoretical propositions may also be formulated. Ambiguous and uninformative notions of identity conflict are replaced by designating patterns of conflicted identifications with specific others. Instead of simply designating a person’s values and beliefs, the manner by which self appraises the social world of others and self in respect of specific discourses is assessed for evaluative compatibilities – consonances – and incompatibilities – dissonances – by structural pressures on the underlying bipolar constructs. No fixed identity status is designated, but where relevant a person’s contextually situated identity variant is delineated.