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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Such powerful GАs were significantly higher in terms of prestige , affiliation with a
state or national organization ( polymorphic affiliates ) , active participants ,
committees and subcommittees , meetings per year , sociability and
GA leaders usually are found to be of higher SES ( education and / or income ) or
at least relatively higher than the average GA members ( Elkind , 1992 ; Friedman
et al . , 1988 ; Gros , 1986 ; Hollingshead , 1975 ; Trow and Smith , 1983 ...
High effectiveness GАs tended to have greater prestige ratings of the groups ,
more estimated average member income and education , and higher average
member socioeconomic status . They were part of state or national organizations
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