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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Hence, they are one important form of nonprofit group. VGs = voluntary groups, which are nonprofit groups or any type, whether GAs or based on paid staff, and whether local, national, or international in scope.
It distills his research and that of more than 2,000 other scholars who have studied what he calls “grassroots associations” (GAs), and it presents important new theoretical constructs for helping us understand these groups.
The important thing, he stresses throughout the book, is not the size, wealth, or power of particular nonprofit organizations but, rather, the cumulative impact of the millions of small nonprofit groups. Readers will find things to like ...
I have tried to think of many of the important questions about GAs and then to answer them based on the theory and/or empirical research available including my own. In this process, I hope that I have asked some new questions.
most important to ask and answer about GAs as groups and sometimes organizations (formal groups). I weave together a quarter-century of hitherto widely scattered research and theory in this book. The result is a type of tapestry, ...
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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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