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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Partly deviant GAs . These usually are conventional GAs in which some minority
of members or one or more of the leaders are temporarily deviant from the
relevant societal norms regarding group goals or means or both . Such minor
By contrast , associations that seek acceptable goals through unacceptable or
deviant means , such as the terrorist Angry Brigade in its time ( Carr , 1975 ) ,
often are stigmatized for such means irrespective of their socially acceptable
There are even more severe problems of deviance from societal norms by some
fundamentally deviant GAs than by deviant work organizations ( Smith ,
forthcoming a ) . Although only a tiny minority of all GAs are involved ,
nonetheless there ...
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