In this book Seidl present an interesting perspective upon organisational identity. Largely drawing upon Luhmann’s theory of social systems and using the concept of autopoieses to provide insights in the (re)construction of identity in interactions between the organisation and its environment.

Identity is often mentioned as an important aspect of spatial planning and governance, but it is rarely subject of theoretical reflections. The concepts and insights of this book will help researchers to scrutineze collective identity constructions and to shed new lights on the possibilities and limitations of planning.