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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There also are territorial conduciveness factors that lead to more GA joining and
membership for some people and not others ( e . g . , living in a higher SES
neighborhood ( Smith , 1994a ) ) . Paid - staff VGs tend to depend more on formal
Different factions or subgroups can make their influence felt in setting priorities in
ways that often lead to conflicting priorities . Another part of the looseness of
priority setting in GAs comes from the GA ' s needing to balance member needs
Such external pressures , for example , lead to deradicalization of some social
movement GAs . This deradicalization is less likely in paid - staff VGs than in GAs
, which are more likely to be radical or fundamentally deviant in the first place .
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