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 is true even if they are polymorphic groups and , thus , formal affiliates of
some larger associations . It is possible that GAs perceive themselves as having
more autonomy from their national headquarters than the latter perceive their ...
A typical polymorphic GA would be a GA that is like many other similar GAs as
part of a larger national or international nonprofit association such as a local GA
affiliate of the Ku Klux Klan ( Sims , 1997 ) , the Freemasons ( Knight , 1984 ) , or
These days , the list might be computerized in larger localities . For states and
nations ( and occasionally counties and larger cities ) , there might be directories
of nonprofits of all types or of a certain type of nonprofit . In the United States , for
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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