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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Paid - staff VGs are exceptions to the general picture for work organizations
because , like GAs , they too involve voluntary altruism . Insofar as voluntary
altruism is present in paid - staff VGs ( and , by definition , they must have a
CONCLUSION The thrust of this chapter is that GAs are very different from paid -
staff VGs in terms of certain aspects of internal structures and processes . This is
shown in Table 5 . 1 , which draws on the general paid - staff VG literature for the
The Paid - Staff VG Flat - Earth Paradigm This view largely ignores volunteer
nonprofits of all types including GAs , supralocal volunteer groups , and their
associational volunteers . It argues implicitly or explicitly that mainly paid work ,
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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