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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To a significant extent , this approach is part of an ideology about society and
human activity that depreciates anything but economic activity , narrowly defined
in terms of financial assets , annual revenues , market exchange , and paid jobs .
See Insiders , societal Doubly dark continent of the VNPS , 230 Drabek , T. E. ,
198 Economy : coercive , 10 market , 10 of ... 10-11 market , 10-11 philanthropic ,
11 Ease of dissolution of GAs , 144-145 Ease of formation of GAs , 145 Economic
in polymorphic GAs , 92-93 misleading sometimes , 94 moderate usually , 92
Ideology of group : definition , 91 Immigrant GAs , 3 , 189 Impacts of GAs , 196-
206 , 248-250 definition , 195 economic , 203-204 economic development , 203-
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