A Particular Place: Urban Restructuring and Religious Ecology in a Southern Exurb

A Particular Place: Urban Restructuring and Religious Ecology in a Southern Exurb

by Nancy L. Eiesland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813527384

ISBN-13: 9780813527383

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

A Particular Place tells the story of the dramatic changes that take place in the religious lives of a community faced with urban restructuring—in this case, Dacula, Georgia, a once-quiet small town on the outskirts of Atlanta. The demographics of Dacula were changed dramatically by the population inflow, service sector development, and housing

Overview

A Particular Place tells the story of the dramatic changes that take place in the religious lives of a community faced with urban restructuring—in this case, Dacula, Georgia, a once-quiet small town on the outskirts of Atlanta. The demographics of Dacula were changed dramatically by the population inflow, service sector development, and housing expansion brought on by the growing metropolis.

Nancy L. Eiesland provides a qualitative study of how the local religious congregations altered themselves, their relations with one another, and—over time—their community in light of this disruption to their social order. Eiesland accounts for these changes by examining the lives of area newcomers and long-time residents, discussing the responses of locals to the emergence of a megachurch in their community, investigating the wrenching processes of congregational birth and deaths, and studying responses to community conflicts.

Applying population ecology approaches to the study of religious organizations within their local contexts, A Particular Place addresses together two types of restructuring that are often mutually implicated—urban and religious restructuring. This book demonstrates all that can be learned from studious attention to a particular place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527383
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresix
Prefacexi
Chapter 1Changing Places: Urban and Religious Restructuring1
Chapter 2"The Way It Looks from Here": Dacula, Georgia22
Chapter 3A Place to Be Religious: Organizing Ecological Change46
Chapter 4New Neighbors: A Congregation in Transition87
Chapter 5Making Faith: Navigating within a Religious Ecology134
Chapter 6Fighting the Good Fight: An Ecological Perspective on Local Conflict174
Chapter 7Concluding Remarks198
Appendix211
Notes215
Bibliography233
Index245

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