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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I have examined the differences between more internally active and less active
GAs in my study of one eastern suburb with a stratified random sample of 59 GAs
( Appendix C ) . Statistical analysis showed that more active GAs tended to have
Deviant GAs probably are more likely to be autonomous , monomorphic , less
formalized , younger , more member benefit oriented , less professionalized ,
smaller , less externally cooperative , less powerful , less prestigious , and more ...
Discussing social movement groups , Zald and Ash ( 1966 ) suggest , “ The more
insulated an organization is by exclusive membership requirements and goals
aimed at changing individuals , the less susceptible it is to pressures for ...
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