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A Particular Place

Urban Restructuring and Religious Ecology in a Southern Exurb

Nancy L. Eiesland (author)

ISBN: 9780813527383

Publication Date: Jan 2000

Format: Paperback

Discussing the dramatic changes in the religious lives of a community faced with urban restructuring, the author applies population ecology approaches to the study of religious organizations within their local contexts to examine a once-quiet small town's reaction to demographic upheaval.
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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 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.

Illustrations Illustrations, maps
Pages 256
Date Published 31 Jan 2000
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Anthropology   Urban communities   Religious life & practice   Population & demography   Human geography   Religious institutions & organizations  

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