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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.

Some Conclusions and Forecasts: The Advent of Homo Voluntas
Some conclusions and forecasts: The advent of Homo Voluntas

This chapter discusses some broad conclusions of the book regarding the voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) and considers the general role of volunteer groups in society. It also examines past and near future trends in voluntary group (VG) prevalence in society and the determinants of such trends worldwide. A major thrust of the chapter is a series of predictions about the expansion of voluntary role choices in the future, leading to Homo Voluntas, a new type of person.

Long History of the VNPS

Contrary to the beliefs of some, and perhaps of many, the VNPS is ancient in origin, going back at least 10,000 years to the neolithic revolution of primitive ...

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