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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These usually are conventional GAs in which some minority of members or one or more of the leaders are temporarily deviant from the relevant societal norms regarding group goals or means or both . Such minor deviance apparently has not ...
... Mostly member benefit Mostly informal group style Mostly high autonomy Moderate local scope High internal democracy Some sociodemographic membership criteria More diffuse goals Conventional goals and means Voluntary nonprofit sector ...
Babchuk and Schmidt ( 1976 ) argue that greater prestige or public support is accorded to associations that use socially acceptable or conventional means to attain their goals . By contrast , associations that seek acceptable goals ...
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