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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."
|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|