Victor S. Vakhshtayn

MSSES, Moscow


The article is the answer to the question: upon which conditions sociological language loses its referent and fails to solve the problem of conceptualization. A possible answer is: it happens when notionsbecome axiomatic, become ‘codes’ or universal answers to research questions that have never been asked. Example of such axiomatizaton is the evolution of the ‘community’ notion. Addressing the case of residential communities research the author shows what price the researcher pays for substituting the concept by axiomatic code and how 188 this solution affects analytical optics.

Keywords: conceptualization, community, residentiality, differentiation, stratification.