Occupied, Unoccupied, Inhabited, Inhabitable: Sociological Dimensions of Housing Categorization
At the first sight, language is primary both researched and unresearched as the identification of given, labeled, situation (unoccupied housing) is implemented without researching the (unexpected) diversity that might be related to it. The landlords are contacted on the basis of low water or electricity consumption for the concerned housing. During the research, several landlords refused categorizing the concerned housing as unoccupied, but agree for instance in categorizing this housing as uninhabited. Also, several landlords, immediately after having underlined that the concerned housing was in fact occupied, were asking what would be the consequences in the case the concerned housing would have been unoccupied. The objective of this communication is to shed light on what is as stake through this, including a critical analysis of the consequence of having missed to include from the beginning the issue of language in the research. Thus, a secondary analysis of the data was implemented and focused on the sociological dimension of language to understand when, who, and why landlords shifted from a label to another. The results help to reframe the research question and give more insight regarding the results of the primary research.