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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scholars , even calls seriously into question the IRS data regarding paid - staff
VGs , all GA omissions aside . If the IRS cannot even list fairly completely the
larger “ bright " entities in the NPS , namely the paid - staff VGs , then how can it
The " ideal type ” of the VNPS generally is seen by non - VNPS scholars who
ignore the VNPS as too trivial , weak , poor , small , secondary , volunteer based ,
ephemeral , and tenuous to be able to accomplish anything important in society .
Concerted research on nonprofit organizations and voluntary action , applied and
scholarly , is a field of study that is , thus , a bit more than 25 years old ( Smith ,
1993a , 1995e ) . AVAS , which since has become the Association for Research ...
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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