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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But this is much more of a pressing issue in the case of social movement GAs ,
whose prescriptions for change and use of protest to seek change are more
radical , by definition , than in conventional political pressure GAs , however
Radical social movement GAs in the United States during the 20th century
constitute a series of other examples . Radical environmental GAs such as local
units of Earth First ! are quite simple ( Manes , 1990 ; Wolke , 1991 ) . Local GAs
Although initially somewhat radical , pressing for societal changes of a major sort
, hospices quickly settled down to being " professional ” and “ responsible , ”
seeking and taking insurance and Medicare money for their patients . The
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