1. Romance, Irony, and Solidarity.Ronald N. Jacobs & Philip Smith - 1997 - Sociological Theory 15 (1):60-80.
    Contemporary social theory has turned increasingly to concepts such as civil society, community, and the public sphere in order to theorize about the construction of vital, democratic, and solidaristic political cultures. The dominant prescriptions for attaining this end invoke the need for institutional and procedural reform, but overlook the autonomous role of culture in shaping and defining the forms of social solidarity. This article proposes a model of solidarity based on the two genres of Romance and Irony, and argues that (...)
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  2. Book Review: Bauman's New World Order. [REVIEW]Ronald N. Jacobs - 2004 - Thesis Eleven 79 (1):124-133.
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    Narrative and Legitimacy: U.S. Congressional Debates About the Nonprofit Sector.Ronald N. Jacobs & Sarah Sobieraj - 2007 - Sociological Theory 25 (1):1-25.
    This article develops a theory about the narrative foundations of public policy. Politicians draw on specific types of narratives in order to connect the policies they are proposing, the needs of the public, and their own needs for legitimacy. In particular, politicians are drawn to policy narratives in which they themselves occupy the central and heroic character position, and where they are able to protect the scope of their jurisdictional authority. We demonstrate how this works through a historical analysis of (...)
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