A Particular Place

A Particular Place

Urban Restructuring and Religious Ecology in A Southern Exurb

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Rutgers University Press
Focusing on how the religious congregations (all Protestant) of a particular town adapted to a rapid influx of newcomers, this book makes a significant contribution to sociological literature, in an interesting narrative style. . . . Eiesland’s work is the perfect complement to that of other major contributors in the field, such as Robert Wuthnow, Wade Clark Roof, William McKinney, David A. Rootzen, Jackson Carroll, and Nancy T. Ammerman.

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.



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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)

Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, ©2000
ISBN: 9780585322155
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 254 pages) : illustrations, maps


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