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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.

Revising Flat-Earth Maps: The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
Revising flat-earth maps: The rest of the voluntary nonprofit sector

This chapter argues that many researchers in the field ignore grassroots associations (GAs) and their associational volunteering as “the rest of the nonprofit sector” (NPS), producing “flat-earth” maps of the voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) as a result. For many researchers in the field, a paradigm change regarding the VNPS will be required if they are to accept this thesis. Much nonprofit and voluntary action research is incomplete, distorted, and misleading in systematic ways. Such research ignores GAs as if (a) they did not exist or as if (b) they were not nonprofits and, hence, not part of the VNPS. By implication, such research also suggests that ...

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