This volume argues that legislation on abortion, adultery, and rape has been central to the formation of the modern citizen.
The author draws on rights literature, bio-political scholarship, and a gender-studies perspective as a foundation for rethinking the sovereign relationship.
In approaching the politicization of reproductive space from this direction, the study resituates the role of rights and rights-granting within the sovereign relationship.
A second theme running throughout the book explores the international implications of these arguments and addresses the role of abortion, adultery and rape legislation in constructing 'civilizational' relationships.
In focusing on the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, France and Italy as case studies, Miller presents a discussion of what 'Europe' is, and the role of sexuality and reproduction in defining it.