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 ... 144 - 145 Ease of formation of GAs ,
145 Economic activity , informal , 45 , 220 Economic development impact of GAs .
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 ,
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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