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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Member benefit versus mixed benefit versus nonmember ( public ) benefit goals (
Smith , 1991 ) b . Informal versus semiformal versus formalized structure and
operations ( Smith , 1992b ) c . Voluntary / uncoerced versus some pressure
A third alternative way of viewing this same dimension of VGs is to compare as
analytical types volunteer VGs versus quasi - volunteer VGs versus nonvolunteer
( paid - staff ) groups , examining the relationship of ranked types to the other ...
Also , examine the data by VG purposive and analytical types ( Smith , 1996 ) and
by other important variables such as incorporated versus unincorporated VGs as
self - reported and in state records , IRS - registered versus nonregistered VGs ...
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