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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Low External Funding GAs tend to depend little or not at all on government
contracts and foundation or business grants . ( A longer version of this section
can be found in Smith , 1998a . ) This is due partly to the negative attitudes of
funding agencies because societal “ outsiders ” are participating in making the
grants . They look at ... Most GAs tend to be internally dependent for funds ,
based on dues and donations and sometimes with small amounts of fees . They
Saltman ( 1973 ) found that , as an open housing ( antisegregation ) GA got older
and accepted external funding from the government , it changed its goals .
Instead of continuing to seek its original goal of equal opportunity in housing , the
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