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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All social support and self - help GAs are particularly dependent on this second
type of service incentive as members get help from each other ( Katz , 1993 ;
Powell , 1994 ; Wuthnow , 1994 , pp . 139 - 40 , 170 , 320 ) . Service incentives
can be ...
1 presents a broad comparison of GAs and paid - staff VGs in terms of ideology
and incentives . ... in voluntary altruism than are paid - staff GAs because they
function , by definition , with little or no dependence on utilitarian incentives .
1 Comparison of Ideologies and Incentives in Grassroots Associations and Paid -
Staff Voluntary Groups Grassroots Associations Paid - Staff Voluntary Groups
Moderate ideology if conventional Strong ideology if deviant Strong sociability ...
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