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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Thus , members of an older GA are more likely to object to disbanding the GA
than are members of a younger group . This occurs both because the members of
an older GA tend to care more about their group ' s accumulated resources but ...
Some examples of the latter would include reduced prices for documents , entry
to events , symbolic objects ( e . g . , T - shirts ) , insurance , travel , special
supplies ( e . g . , for sports / recreation GAs ) , food ( e . g . , as in consumer
... making social innovations ; providing countervailing definitions of reality and
morality ; providing “ negative feedback ” ( criticism ) of society ; providing a
sense of mystery , wonder , and the sacred ; preserving old ideas , values , and
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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