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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Not just empirically , but also theoretically , altruism never is a " pure " set of
altruistic motivations or goals in human beings as entities ( Smith , 1981 ) , nor is
it a pure set of selfish or self / entity - serving goals . This still fits with the origins of
The monetization of the " people assets " ( in economic terms , meaning annual
wage value , imputed value of volunteer work , human capital , etc . ) of the GAs
in our VNPS , or in any VNPS , is insufficient for understanding GAs . We need far
Few sociocultural developments in human societies have arisen entirely de novo
, without any links to the human past in a given society or to similar developments
in other societies . Human cultures maintain the social momentum of earlier ...
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