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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leaders concerned with this sector that many , but not all , of them were not
looking at the VNPS correctly . I discuss all of the major flat - earth paradigms I
see in Chapter 10 . In each case , some major VNPS phenomena are omitted . In
Empirically , there probably are VNPS perspectives held by specific individuals
that seem to be some type of mixture of both ideal types . Various types of flat -
earth paradigms that I have identified so far are described in the next section .
An adequate , round - earth , broad - view empirical map of the VNPS must
include both major VNPS segments or subsectors . For a broad understanding of
the whole VNPS , the IRS data and the Independent Sector - type maps based on
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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