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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Knowledgeable scholars in the GA studies field have avoided this type of error for major studies beginning roughly three decades ago ( Verba and Nie , 1972 , p . 345 , with data gathered in 1967 ) . Several studies show GA membership in ...
Among other differences , Verba and Nie ( 1972 ) randomly sampled U.S. individual adults , whereas Newton ( 1975 ) took a citywide census of GAs and gathered information from some of them . This difference in the sampling lets Newton ...
GAs also politicize their members because of internal democratic processes and political discussion ( Verba and Nie , 1972 , pp . 178-79 ) that involve learning experiences for many members . The result is that active GA members tend to ...
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