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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I present this critique briefly and generally here and in Chapter 1 , with more
detail on this “ round - earth ” paradigm in ... In essence , I argue in this book that
there are many “ flat - earth ” voluntary nonprofit sector ( VNPS ) paradigms that
I discuss all of the major flat - earth paradigms I see in Chapter 10 . In each case ,
some major VNPS phenomena are omitted . In several cases , the problem I
identify is an overemphasis on one type of phenomenon and inadequate
Various types of flat - earth paradigms that I have identified so far are described
in the next section . OVERVIEW OF FLAT - EARTH VNPS PARADIGMS As I have
indicated elsewhere ( Smith , Macaulay , and Associates , 1980 , Parts 1 and 5 ) ...
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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