SAGE Publications, 2000 M05 11 - 342 páginas
Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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In terms of group structure , the table shows that although both GАs and paid -
staff VGs tend to have small locality bases and substantial autonomy , GAs
definitionally depend mainly on volunteer work , whereas paid - staff VGs
tends to engage in a comparatively low level of activity such as some meeting
attendance and payment of dues , amounting to 1 or 2 hours per week ( see
Chapter 2 ) . ... They also found that larger GAs tend to meet less frequently ( p .
895 ) .
Retention is a problem that many GAs have , even those with many members at
any given time . Ross ( 1977 ) suggests that primary groups developed and
maintained in a GA tend to foster member longevity , whereas failure of a
newcomer to ...
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