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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Church memberships sometimes are GA memberships if the churches are GAs
by my definition — which many are , given the large inputs of volunteer time in
many churches . Wuthnow ( 1990 , p . 4 ) reports that 65 % to 71 % of adults
The Secularist Focus Flat - Earth Paradigm Local congregations of churches are
voluntary associations with membership bases and strong volunteer components
( Scherer , 1972 ) . Some are GAs in terms of my definition , although the ...
Because it is hard to tell which churches are GAs , and because GA churches
tend to be combined with paid - staff churches in research ( Johnstone , 1992 ) ,
the book also is secularist in focus ( secularist focus paradigm ) as is the literature
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