Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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The number of IRS - registered VGs combined with the local church
congregations as used by Hodgkinson et al . ( 1992 ; see also Hodgkinson and
Weitzman , 1996b ) is substantially different from and relatively nonoverlapping
with the 7 .
By 1993 , Hodgkinson and Weitzman ( 1996a , pp . 1 - 30 ) reported that there
were an estimated 89 . 2 million such volunteers or 47 . 7 % of adults . No
indication is given of how many volunteers were program volunteers in paid -
Hodgkinson and Weitzman ( 1992 , p . 327 ) did ask about associational
memberships . However , their data are seriously flawed methodologically . Only
eight purposive types of associations were asked about to the respondents
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