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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Hodgkinson and Weitzman ( 1992 , p . 25 ) report that there were 94.2 million U.S. ( program ) volunteers in 1991 or 51.1 % of the population age 18 years or over . By 1993 , Hodgkinson and Weitzman ( 1996a , pp .
Hodgkinson and Weitzman ( 1992 , p . 327 ) did ask about associational memberships . However , their data are seriously flawed methodologically . Only eight purposive types of associations were asked about to the respondents separately ...
Unfortunately , and presumably for reasons of practical ease and lower cost , Hodgkinson and Weitzman ( 1992 , p . 302 ) use as their approach the less reliable method of simple recall of hours spent during the past week on volunteering ...
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