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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... when they have a positive image of some relevant national association and are
not fearful about autonomy issues . ... local sponsor when they are embedded in
or have much trust in that sponsor and do not see autonomy as a major issue .
GA members tend to know that taking such political stands on GA - relevant
issues is acceptable . To give an example that most Americans ... type of GA that
cares about no political issue , locally or supralocally . Phrased in the positive , all
David Horton Smith. governments , thus reducing their earlier GA advocacy .
Boles ( 1994 ) found that inclusion of feminist VGs , including GAs , in broader
issue networks , including government leaders , helped to sustain feminism as a
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