Zip Code Paper for Sociology

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Jasmine Glover

Professor Webster

Zip code Reflection

Due 4/22/13

Experiencing 32073 and 32207

The zip code experience was something I’ve never experienced before. It was interesting to see

how different 32073 and 32207 is from mines, which is 32244. Zip codes help me illustrate society

because they represent specific geographic areas based on the amount of towns, buildings, neighborhoods,

etc. is in that region. 32073 is an Orange Park zip code, which is a very busy city. There are so many

attractions that include places like the mall, strip malls, restaurants and recreation areas, which brings in

a lot of traffic. I also had to do a lot more traveling in this zip code because everything was far out. 32207

is a San Marco zip code, which is very reserved and small. Everything is within walking distance, which

made it a bit easier to get pictures. San Marco is very historic and the houses are quite bigger with

beautiful waterfronts. The shopping centers and restaurants are built close together in one big strip mall,

like you would see in old town.

Conflict theory plays a role because it illustrates inequality in a society. It labels members of a

society of having more power than another. For instance, Orange Park is convenient to those who live

closer to Mandarin and the Westside because housing is more affordable. San Marco is mostly filled with

upper-middle class families and the housing is a bit higher, which is what most of the people in this

region can afford. Members in Orange Park expect newer homes while the homes in San Marco are more

older. Also, Orange Park has more to offer than San Marco due to the amount of attractions they have and

this causes a lot of competition between the two regions.
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Symbolic interaction analyzes a society by addressing subjective meanings such as objects,

attitudes and events. It’s also socially constructed when people communicate with another and create a

deviant culture by living a certain way that’s different from others. Orange Park is a very busy city and

have people that think they’re better than a certain group or a certain area if they live in a nicer

neighborhood, live in a big house or drive a fancy car. Based on my own experience, I have come across

quite a bit of rude people and that’s something they’re probably used to because that’s just how they are.

There is some good, but that’s not an everyday thing you’ll see. San Marco is a very quiet town with less

traffic and less chaos. This area has families from the upper-middle class, mostly of the Caucasian race,

and lives in big houses with some including guest houses as well. Some people are friendly and some may

look down on you if you’re not in their character. That’s one thing I noticed as I was visiting this zip code

and some of the people stared at me as if I didn’t belong.

Stratification is an unequal distribution between property, prestige and power. This helps form the

division of society and categorizing people. Real estate property in 32244 is higher than the other two zip

codes. This shows that more property taxes have paid for their housing units. Also, mortgage property is

higher in 32207 than the other zip codes because they have more land and housing units that cost more.

San Marco has more prestige and power than the other two zip codes because they have over 1000 people

employed with a health care job in a hospital, dental or doctor’s office setting, finance and/or insurance

job. Argyle falls in the middle, but they don’t have a lot people with health care jobs and have more

people employed with merchant wholesale jobs that include working with lumber, plywood and millwork....
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