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) ... It distills his research and that of more than 2,000 other scholars who have studied what he calls “grassroots ...
Nor is he totally satisfied with the work of the organization and journal he founded or of the two other scholarly journals in the field (Voluntas and Nonprofit Management and Leadership). Too often, he claims, these promote “flat-earth ...
Smith is one of the relatively few nonprofit scholars who has given serious general attention to the smaller, more informal, often unregistered nonprofit groups. He criticizes people who, in their passion for “bigness and brightness,” ...
The most widespread example of a flat-earth paradigm among mainstream VNPS scholars existing today is the paid-staff nonprofit flat-earth VNPS paradigm. It overemphasizes the larger, wealthier, older, more visible nonprofits in which ...
The field of nonprofit and voluntary action research (or “nonprofit research”) generally has come a long way during the past 25 years or so since it was “aggregated” by the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars as the forerunner of ...
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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