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The aggregate of the individuals who comprise a state or a nation.

In a more restricted sense, as generally used in Constitutional Law, the entire body of those citizens of a state or a nation who are invested with political power for political purposes (the qualified voters).

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n. the government in a criminal prosecution, as in People v. Capone. Such a case may also be captioned State v. Davis or in federal prosecutions, United States v. Miller.

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PEOPLE. A state; as, the people of the state of New York; a nation in its collective and political capacity. 4 T. R. 783. See 6 Pet. S. C. Rep. 467.
     2. The word people occurs in a policy of insurance. The insurer insures against "detainments of all kings, princes and people." He is not by this understood to insure against any promiscuous or lawless rabble which may be guilty of attacking or detaining a ship. 2 Marsh. Ins. 508. Vide Body politic; Nation.

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Rosenblatt uses pronouns and verb tenses that not only separate Jews from the history of the West, but also draw a strong contrast between Jewish peoplehood (grounded in a collective history in exile) and western peoplehood (based on their physical presence on the land).
Kant, a harbinger of secularism, confessed the denouement of Christianity's supersessionism, a religious impulse that he imagined would birth a universal peoplehood, a globalized secular polity finally liberated from all the cultural and ethnic trappings of materialistic religions, a future with a singular politico-religious order without the divisiveness of coarse particularity, a dream of a future without Jewish distinctiveness--what became a nightmare of a Europe without Jews.
Critique: Eloquent, informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Jewish Identity: The Challenge of Peoplehood Today" is an absorbing read from beginning to end.
Perhaps of particular interest to the readers of Labour/Le Travail, Andersen downplays the idea of grounding Metis identity in the fur trade, because although it adds roughly a century to the Metis people's history, it "unnecessarily muddies the waters of Metis national origins in social relations of hybridity rather than political consciousness as citizens of the Metis people." (109) He prefers to concentrate on an events-based analysis to explain the emergence of Metis peoplehood (Seven Oaks and so on) which sharpened collective understandings between Metis and non-Metis plains communities.
Camps are milieus where Palestinianness is reproduced both transgenerationally and as a state of abnormality, where children's first question is often 'Why are we here?' As containers of claims to restoration, distinctive cultural practices, and memories of resistance, camps form a resonant strand within the narrative of a Palestinian peoplehood that extends far beyond Occupied Palestine to an ever-widening diaspora.
Still, the choice of the term 'black power'--defined here as a 'sense of peoplehood: pride, rather than shame' (p.
It is because when you address rallies, they want to hear a democrat who carries the Peoplehood of India with him, not an Emperor who issues decrees.
In a hallmark of queer Native studies, Rifkin melds discussions of sovereignty and sexuality, arguing that these texts' configurations of indigenous nationhood can be read through the lens of affect and, particularly, through Raymond Williams's concept of a "structure of feeling." As one such affective structure, the "embodied sensations and sensitivities" of erotics provide "a different perspective on--a new metaphor for--practices and histories of peoplehood" (34).
This requires a theory of "peoplehood" that this Article develops and defends.
The relative importance of the Constitution to American stories of peoplehood is assumed more than examined.
That decision not to remove third party management is being slammed by the First Nation, which is referring to the federal government's continued control as a "threat to (Lubicon) peoplehood and self-determination."
Dispelling misconceptions about the diverse Jewish populations in Poland and Russia of this period, he traces the new Jewish politics with its emphasis on peoplehood rather than religion as the marker of modern Jewish identity in its socialist and Zionist permutations, the backlash of traditionalists, devastating impact of the World Wars, and post-war conditions under Soviet-style communism and its collapse.