Agreement Voluntary Associations
Stimulate social change. Since most voluntary associations are created to change society and most of them have had some success, it follows that the initiation of social change is one of its main functions for society. The limiting case of social change – revolution – shows that, historically, revolutions were either initiated by voluntary associations or led by them, after massive riots provoked explosions of violence [see revolution]. Critics of minority dominance in voluntary associations have often cited “membership apathy” as an explanation. Barber (1950) pointed out, however, that these criticisms provide no evidence of the existence of apathy as a psychological characteristic; On the contrary, the sociologist can show that the social structure of role obligations and the structural needs of the organizations themselves are opposed to “total” participation. Many other sociologists have contributed to the understanding of the phenomena related to membership and minority domination; Table 2 summarizes much of this literature. Among the Crow Indians, there was a cult organized as an association for the ceremonial cultivation of tobacco; It was thought to promote the well-being of the tribe. Membership in the tobacco company was awarded to Prestige and was acquired through the payment of a significant royalty to a sponsor. Members played special songs and dances. The different chapters shared the fees of the novices.