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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At the same time , one can foster and expand one's ascriptive role identifications ,
such as race / ethnicity / culture ... youths to the range of roles and activity choices
available to them , based on what people have done in the past or elsewhere .
In many major agrarian societies ( Lenski et al . , 1995 ) , such as ancient Rome
and ancient China , there were stark differences in their members ' ascriptive role
“ pressures ” compared to those in industrial and postindustrial societies .
traditional roles will tend to continue to decline , and the voluntary / achieved
roles will increase in both relative and absolute terms . Voluntary choices based
on personal preferences and interests are more and more becoming the basis for
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