SAGE Publications, 2000 M05 11 - 360 páginas
This volume explores the world of grassroots organizations and outlines their history while differentiating them from the more familiar paid-staff nonprofit organizations. David Horton Smith, a leading scholar on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, examines the available empirical research on the topic and analyzes the theoretical concepts that have come to define such associations. He affords the reader a complete, detailed description of the nature and characteristics of grassroots organizations, their formation, structure, leadership, life cycle, effectiveness, and their integral role in postmodern societies.
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Smith argues—correctly, in my view—that the past two decades of nonprofit sector scholarship have carried us away from an older, broader, and (in many ways) more accurate view of the organizational phenomenon that lies outside the ...
An interesting contribution is Smith's attention in passing to socially deviant associations such as the Ku Klux Klan, witches' covens, paramilitary groups, gangs, and cults. He argues that just as the for-profit sector has its Mafia ...
In essence, I argue in this book that there are many “flat-earth” voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) paradigms that are distorting the reality of the VNPS in related but different major ways. I define a flat-earth VNPS paradigm as ...
Brown (1973) argues to the contrary that, if DeTocqueville had come to America a half-century earlier, he would not have been so struck by voluntary associations. Brown sees such associations as related mainly to concurrent ...
THE MAPMAKING METAPHOR AND THE FLAT-EARTH VNPS PARADIGMS In this book, I argue that there are several cognitive maps in common use by nonprofit scholars that are obscuring some important phenomena of the VNPS, particularly GA phenomena.
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Part III Theoretical Paradigms and Conclusions
Chapter 10 FlatEarth Paradigms and a RoundEarth Paradigm Outline
The Advent of Homo Voluntas
Description of the Largely North American Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Creating a Local Nonprofit Sampling Frame Including Grassroots Associations An American Example
Methodology of the Smith OneSuburb Study
Chapter 6 Internal Processes
Chapter 7 Leaders and Environments
Chapter 8 Life Cycle Changes
Chapter 9 Impact and Effectiveness
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