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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Self - help GAs seem especially likely to resist complexity while maintaining
intimacy and solidarity . ... Steinman and Traunstein ( 1976 ) studied 67 self - help
GAs and found support for the hypothesis that such GAs substitute autonomy and
The concept of service is defined so narrowly here that it excludes by definition
self - help and member benefit activities in general . Thus , this flat - earth
paradigm eliminates member benefit VGs and self - help / mutual aid volunteers
from the ...
The Modern , Member Benefit , Self - Help , and Advocacy Flat - Earth Paradigm
This view tends to ignore traditional nonmember personal social service
nonprofits and their corresponding volunteers as if they no longer are of any
value ( Katz ...
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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