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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About 100 million associational volunteers participating in GAs in the United States circa 1990 are potentially ignored as such (Hodgkinson and Weitzman, 1992; see also Chapter 2). :k sk sk Most of this book deals with GAs during the ...
Squatters' neighborhood associations (resident GAs in urban slums) in several Latin American nations, including Mexico, have been successful in generating high levels of squatter participation and in attaining major goals such as new ...
In defining GAs, the grassroots part of the label is not defined narrowly to indicate only nonprofits seeking sociopolitical change through local citizen action and participation (Walker, 1975). GAs are not necessarily the local-level ...
Informal versus semiformal versus formalized structure and operations (Smith, Voluntary/uncoerced versus some pressure versus strong pressure/coercion to join, participate, and/or exit group (so long as some significant voluntariness ...
... that the less developed world can be ignored, that informal or semiformal VGs can be ignored, that religious VGs can be ignored, that only sociodemographic predictors of participation matter, and that VGs can be studied in isolation ...
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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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