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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David Horton Smith. 5 Internal Structure This chapter continues discussing
research regarding the special and distinctive nature of grassroots associations (
GAs ) relative to work organizations , especially paid - staff voluntary groups (
VGs ) .
Other Internal Structure A few other aspects of internal structure require mention
here , largely in terms of gaps in research . One gap is the paucity of research on
expressive management and expressive structures ( e.g. , regular parties , social
of these areas of internal structure , and some scholars also have done so for
incidence / prevalence / dissolution of GAs ... is that GAs are very different from
paid - staff VGs in terms of certain aspects of internal structures and processes .
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