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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Voluntary altruism has two subtypes : ( a ) volunteer altruism is defined as
voluntary altruism that involves significant motivations / goals of a providerentity
for unremunerated activity ; ( b ) quasi - volunteer altruism is defined as voluntary
When a group has no significant autonomy at all , it is not independent but rather
part of the group or organization that controls it . Group autonomy also may be
seen in terms of independence from major funding received from an external ...
If the GA has member impact goals , then such effectiveness elements will help
the group have a significant internal impact . The bases for finding these
elements of GA effectiveness in regard to the impact of GAs lie in the structure
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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