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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This large world of small public benefit organizations , mutual benefit
organizations , and unincorporated associations has been largely ignored by
mainstream nonprofit scholarship of the past 20 years . Smith ' s book brings
much - needed ...
... VNPS can ever be ignored , that the less developed world can be ignored , that
informal or semiformal VGs can be ignored , that religious VGs can be ignored ,
that only sociodemographic predictors of participation matter , and that VGs can ...
The " ideal type ” of the VNPS generally is seen by non - VNPS scholars who
ignore the VNPS as too trivial , weak , poor , small , secondary ... In
recommending this , I am not suggesting that economists have completely
ignored the VNPS .
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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