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

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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 drastically altered by population influx, service sector development, and housing expansion.

Nancy L. Eiesland provides a pathbreaking, qualitative study of how local religious congregations altered themselves, their community, and their relations with one another in light of this disruption to their social order. The author gauges these changes by examining the lives of area newcomers and of long-time residents. She discusses their responses to the emergence of a megachurch and arising conflicts in their community, and investigates the wrenching processes of congregational birth and death.

Applying population ecology approaches to the study of religious organizations within their local contexts, A Particular Place addresses two types of restructuring that are often mutually implicated but seldom addressed together - urban and religious restructuring. This book demonstrates just how much can be learned from close attention to "a particular place."

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Eisland (religion & sociology of religion, Candler School of Theology, and Emory U.) tells about dramatic changes that took place in the religious activities of a Georgia community faced with urban restructuring. She looks at how local religious congregations altered themselves, their community, and their relations with one another in light of disruptions to the social order due to population influx and housing expansion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813527383
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,021,649
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy L. Eiesland is assistant professor of the sociology of religion at Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. She is the co-editor of Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Ch. 1 Changing Places: Urban and Religious Restructuring 1
Ch. 2 "The Way It Looks from Here": Dacula, Georgia 22
Ch. 3 A Place to Be Religious: Organizing Ecological Change 46
Ch. 4 New Neighbors: A Congregation in Transition 87
Ch. 5 Making Faith: Navigating within a Religious Ecology 134
Ch. 6 Fighting the Good Fight: An Ecological Perspective on Local Conflict 174
Ch. 7 Concluding Remarks 198
Appendix 211
Notes 215
Bibliography 233
Index 245
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