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 GAs in either goals or means to achieve them or both , and some stigma
from conventional society as nonmembers results . Ideology in deviant GAs
attempts to counter or neutralize the perception of deviance by substituting
It is possible that GAs perceive themselves as having more autonomy from their
national headquarters than the latter perceive their affiliates as having . In a study
of the latter national associations , Young , Bania , and Bailey ( 1996 ) found that
... were weak predictors of this difference in participation levels , attitude variables
were much stronger . Most important as attitude predictors of leadership were
positive attitudes toward the local area and perception of more opportunity costs .
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