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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All are what many sociologists for decades have called voluntary associations . I
choose to call them grassroots associations ( GAs ) to emphasize that I am
concerned centrally here with voluntary associations that are local in scope , not
Analytical members are regular service - providing affiliates of the VGs , whatever
they might be called by the VGs themselves . Even more precise is the related
dimension of percentage of cumulative TOWARD A ROUND - EARTH
185 ) tend not to go beyond the admittedly important so - called “ charitable ” or “
philanthropic ” nonmember benefit subsector to embrace the rest of the VNPS (
Smith , 1991 ; see also Chapter 2 ) . With all of its potential problems and ...
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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