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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As distinguished from sociability , these co - member services might include encouragement when depressed , help in celebrations , help in emotional crises , help in making major decisions , and help when sick ( Wuthnow , 1994 , p .
1960 ; Smith , 1972c , 1992b ; Steinman and Traunstein , 1976 ; Wuthnow , 1994 ) . Part of this is simply due to small GA size , on average ( McPherson , 1983 ) , and the fact that smaller groups tend to be less complex in organization ...
Some 40 % of American adults ( Wuthnow , 1994 , p . 47 ) are in small , social support , mutual aid groups that are especially important sources of social support by definition - self - help groups , Bible study groups , Sunday school ...
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