SAGE Publications, 2000 M05 11 - 360 páginas
This volume explores the world of grassroots organizations and outlines their history while differentiating them from the more familiar paid-staff nonprofit organizations. David Horton Smith, a leading scholar on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, examines the available empirical research on the topic and analyzes the theoretical concepts that have come to define such associations. He affords the reader a complete, detailed description of the nature and characteristics of grassroots organizations, their formation, structure, leadership, life cycle, effectiveness, and their integral role in postmodern societies.
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This chapter begins with a connotative definition of grassroots associations (GAs) and then briefly discusses some ... Much of the chapter is devoted to a presentation of the definitions involved in my theory of voluntary altruism.
Volunteer nonprofits that serve a supralocal territory are not GAs, but they still are quite similar to GAs and important in their own right, although seldom studied among all voluntary associations. Supralocal volunteer associations ...
TABLE 1.1 Elements of the Definition of Grassroots Associations Characteristic of Grassroots Associations Omitted From Grassroots Associations Category 1. Group form . Voluntary altruism based . Significantly autonomous of other groups ...
SOME BROADER BACKGROUND ON THE STUDY OF ASSOCIATIONS The dark matter of the voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) that is GAs was what caught DeTocqueville's ( 1945) eye when he visited America about 160 years ago.
Sugden's (1984) concept of “reciprocity” and what Etzioni (1961) calls a “normative-voluntary compliance structure” also are alternative versions of the charitable economy or sharing. These are manifested in GAs and their volunteers as ...
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Part III Theoretical Paradigms and Conclusions
Chapter 10 FlatEarth Paradigms and a RoundEarth Paradigm Outline
The Advent of Homo Voluntas
Description of the Largely North American Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Creating a Local Nonprofit Sampling Frame Including Grassroots Associations An American Example
Methodology of the Smith OneSuburb Study
Chapter 6 Internal Processes
Chapter 7 Leaders and Environments
Chapter 8 Life Cycle Changes
Chapter 9 Impact and Effectiveness
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