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


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by Nancy L. Eiesland. Rutgers University Press, 2000.

'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 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.
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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 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.
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