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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These usually are conventional GAs in which some minority of members or one
or more of the leaders are temporarily deviant from the relevant societal norms
regarding group goals or means or both . Such minor deviance apparently has
... autonomy Moderate local scope High internal democracy Some
sociodemographic membership criteria More diffuse goals Conventional goals
and means Paid - Staff Voluntary Groups Voluntary nonprofit sector location
Mostly nonmember ...
Babchuk and Schmidt ( 1976 ) argue that greater prestige or public support is
accorded to associations that use socially acceptable or conventional means to
attain their goals . By contrast , associations that seek acceptable goals through ...
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