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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Various types of flat - earth paradigms that I have identified so far are described
in the next section . ... Each flat - earth VNPS paradigm has in common with the
others the fact that some significant phenomena of the VNPS broadly conceived ...
Milofsky and Hunter ( 1994 ) challenge this flat - earth paradigm in stating , “
Nonprofit organizations emerge , and often continue to exist , as subunits of
background communities , larger social systems like residential communities ...
I have not given as much attention as I would have liked to the social movement
literature , so that the book might fall into the status quolestablishment paradigm .
Due to space considerations , the book does not deal with the history of GAs ...
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