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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one - person dictatorship cults , rotating credit associations , and others . A
nonprofit might have more than one of these structural features at the same time
and might vary in structure over time . Thus , I focus on only one form of nonprofit
in this ...
Long ago , Elkin ( 1978 ) suggested that much more attention must be paid to the
issue of how associations differ in their structures and operations at different
territorial levels . Very little comparative research on different territorial levels of ...
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Voluntary Action Scholars . College Park : Pennsylvania State University . - .
1990 . “ Voluntary Inter - Cultural Exchange and Understanding Groups : The
Roots of ...
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