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 field of nonprofit and voluntary action research ( or “ nonprofit research ” )
generally has come a long way during the past 25 years or so since it was “
aggregated ” by the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars as the forerunner of
Now that there is a fledgling discipline or at least an interdisciplinary research
field of voluntary action research focusing on the VNPS , it is unlikely that either
this sector or its research field ever will likely vanish . In 50 or 100 years , the
More of this history of the field can be found in “ Researching Volunteer
Associations and Other Nonprofits : An Emergent Interdisciplinary Field and
Potential New Discipline ” ( Smith , forthcoming b ) . Concerted research on
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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