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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McPherson and his colleagues refer to this as the “ niche ” or “ niche position " of
the GA in the local community of GAS ( McPherson , 1983a ; McPherson ,
Popielarz , and Drobnic , 1992 ; McPherson and Ranger - Moore , 1991 ;
GA niches can change over time in predictable ways ( McPherson and Ranger -
Moore , 1991 ) . Types of GAs also tend to have characteristic niches in a
community ( McPherson , 1983a , p . 526 ) . Popielarz and McPherson ( 1995 )
show that ...
1985. “ Neighborhood Decentralization and Organized Citizen Participation . ”
Sociological Focus 18 : 301-12 . McPherson , J. M. 1982. “ Hypernetwork
Sampling : Duality and Differentiation Among Voluntary Organizations . ” Social
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