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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Thus , the timing of most GA activities usually is opposite that of work
organization activities . This is because the work organization activities are "
primary " in priority for most of their workers , whereas GA and program service
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 ) . McPherson and Smith - Lovin ( 1982 ) found that GA members in
or other work organizations in this matter of the timing of activity by participants .
There are great virtues in either type of VG - GAs or paid - staff VGs . A prudent
approach is to let each do its own thing without interfering with the other
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