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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The types of goals involved in GAs with such incentives usually fit under one or more of the seven categories of social values that help to define voluntary altruism , as stated in Chapter 1. This happens mainly by definition in the ...
type of utilitarian incentives for participation in these or any other types of GAS now being discussed . The former involve shared outcomes and voluntary altruism within the GAs , whereas the latter involve private goods and services ...
Phrased in the positive , all GA types tend to have some significant political involvement on some issues , some of the time , at least in their own communities . Verba and Nie ( 1972 , pp . 178-79 ) show , with national sample data ...
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