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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He founded the principal scholarly group (the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) ... and (in many ways) more accurate view of the organizational phenomenon that lies outside the family, the state, ...
This large world of small public benefit organizations, mutual benefit organizations, and unincorporated associations has been largely ignored by mainstream nonprofit scholarship of the past 20 years. Smith's book brings much-needed ...
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, ...
GAs are the original organizational form of the VNPS, probably arising some 25,000 years ago (Anderson, 1973), ... is the associational base out of which organizations [i.e., bureaucratic, often paid-staff organizations] grew” (p. 241).
Later, I try to do this for my theory of voluntary altruism, a phrase I use to refer to my general theory of the VNPS including all three main levels of abstraction: societal/territorial, grouplike/organizational, and individual.
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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
About the Author