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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The field of nonprofit and voluntary action research ( or " nonprofit research " ) generally has come a long way during the past 25 years or so since it was “ aggregated ” by the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars as the ...
Now that there is a fledgling discipline or at least an interdisciplinary research field of voluntary action research focusing on the VNPS , it is unlikely that either this sector or its research field ever will likely vanish .
More of this history of the field can be found in “ Researching Volunteer Associations and Other Nonprofits : An Emergent Interdisciplinary Field and Potential New Discipline ” ( Smith , forthcoming b ) . Concerted research on nonprofit ...
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