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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Beal ( 1956 ) was one of the first to call for additional types of variables in
studying individual participation . I took up his challenge in my dissertation
research including measures of personality , attitudes , and intelligence ( Smith ,
1964 , 1966 ) ...
As the communication and transportation links among nations increase in the
modern world , individual preference- or valuebased voluntary choices will lead
to more transnational volunteer groups . The present long - term growth in the ...
The authors state , " Stripped down to the individual , one can build community ,
the free association of individuals ” ( p . ... and cellular telephones that will permit
individuals to contact each other as part of a global network based on personal ...
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