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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... the writing involved , I am grateful for a small grant from the Project on
Nonprofit Governance , directed by James R . Wood , of the University of Indiana
at Bloomington and the Center on Philanthropy of the Indiana University at
Studying eight towns and cities in Massachusetts , I directed the performance of a
census of GAs for each one from a variety of sources including fieldwork and
using local newspapers as sources . ( Appendix B describes that methodology ...
Sociopolitical Activation and Influence GAs often politicize their members and
generate sociopolitical influence activity directed at nonmembers and external
organizations . Members learn democracy directly from participation in GAs ,
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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