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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Many specific social movement / protest GAs and paid - staff VGs also tend to be
ignored because the focus of the paradigm is so much on the larger social
movement and its organizations at the national or international level ( Lofland
1988 . “ Leadership and Membership in the Nuclear Freeze Movement : A
Specification of Resource Mobilization Theory . ” Sociological Quarterly 29 : 407 -
27 . Marullo , Sam , R . Pagnucco , and J . Smith . 1996 . “ Frame Changes and
See Leaders of GAs , social movement Social movement GAs , Social movement
local units . See Social movement GAs Social movement organizations . See
Social movement VGs , Social movement / protest flat - earth paradigm , 226 -
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