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 Versus Altruism in Other Sectors The other three sectors
besides the VNPS manifest some nonvoluntary ... altruism and corresponding
altruistic actions , interactions , and transactions in all four of the main sectors of
values in a broad way as defining voluntary altruism differentiates the present
approach to defining the VNPS from most others . Defining the Other Principal
Components of the VNPS With a careful definition of voluntary altruism , it now is
There are two related definitions of the VNPS in my theory of voluntary altruism : (
a ) The narrow definition of the VNPS is the sum of all volunteer altruism , all
volunteer action , all volunteers , and all volunteer groups . Thus , the VNPS
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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