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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1960 ; Smith , 1972c , 1992b ; Steinman and Traunstein , 1976 ; Wuthnow , 1994
) . Part of this is simply due to small GA size , on average ( McPherson , 1983 ) ,
and the fact that smaller groups tend to be less complex in organization ( Caplow
But even if greater efficiency and impact do result , they might be obtained at the
cost of less member commitment , participation , solidarity , and even satisfaction
( Steinman and Traunstein , 1976 ; Wertheim , 1976 ) . Unfortunately , leaders ...
Steinman , Richard and Donald M. Traunstein . 1976. “ Redefining Deviance :
The Self - Help Challenge to the Human Services . ” Journal of Applied
Behavioral Science 12 : 347-61 . Stephenson , Tamara . 1973. " Internal Structure
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