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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Defining the Other Principal Components of the VNPS With a careful definition of
voluntary altruism , it now is possible to define the terms referring to the other
major components of the VNPS quite simply as follows . 1 . Voluntary altruism
definition fits with conventional definitions of volunteers ( Cnaan et al . , 1996 ) .
People become pure ... A voluntary group is defined as a group that does a
substantial amount of voluntary action during a specified time period . Group is
There are two related definitions of the VNPS in my theory of voluntary altruism : (
a ) The narrow definition of the VNPS is the sum of all volunteer altruism , all
volunteer action , all volunteers , and all volunteer groups . Thus , the VNPS
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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