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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Association members , including GA members , provide services to each other (
and even nonmembers ) that are real and important . Association volunteers
receive benefits in return , but so do program volunteers , as Hodgkinson and ...
Knoke and Wood ( 1981 ) did an important study of the factors in the generation
of commitment in local paid - staff and GA social influence nonprofits . They found
that participation and communication by GA members created more GA ...
... a round - earth paradigm of the VNPS includes careful attention to and
accurate empirical data regarding all of the following ( some of which is
presented in this book ) in a balanced and comprehensive way : • Viewing the
VNPS as important ...
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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