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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THE ASTROPHYSICAL DARK MATTER METAPHOR When I worked on this
book intensively for a year or so , I hit on a metaphor for understanding GAs in the
VNPS that I liked very much . This penultimate metaphor was the bright matter ...
be known to or matter to those who ignore GAs . And unlike pre - Columbian
cartographers , who at least had ignorance and superstition as reasonable
excuses , current VNPS flat - earth mapmakers have had access to much of the
It is clear that the dark matter of the VNPS is far greater in total number of VGs
than is the bright matter . Coincidentally , the relative magnitudes of light matter to
dark matter are about the same estimate as in the astrophysical universe (
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Definitions and Metaphors
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