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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.


A research-based theory of grassroots associations (GAs) as part of a round-earth voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) paradigm has been presented in the for-going chapters. Chapter summaries present the theory here in reduced form. This theory is based specifically on the research literature cited for this book and qualitative results of my own research. It consists of the empirical conclusions I have reached in each chapter along with theoretical linking statements. Also, this theory draws on many more publications about GAs and nonprofits no cited for due to space limitations. I also draw on several decades of personal experiences in studying and participating in such associations and teaching courses related to these associations as well as on my own attempts over the course of my ...

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