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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TOWARD A THEORY OF VOLUNTARY ALTRUISM : KEY DEFINITIONS My
definition of a GA depends crucially on the term voluntary altruism , which this
technical part of the chapter attempts to define , among other terms . In any useful
Introduction A research - based theory of grassroots associations ( GAs ) as part
of a roundearth voluntary nonprofit sector ( VNPS ) paradigm has been presented
in the forgoing chapters . Chapter summaries present the theory here in ...
The substance of my round - earth version of the GA part of a VNPS theory exists
in parallel at the societal , group , and individual levels of abstraction . Generally ,
Parts I and III deal with the whole VNPS but most especially with all GAs of the ...
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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