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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).


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.


noun citizenry, commonality, community, community at large, country, general public, inhabitants, multitude, nation, national group, nationality, persons, populace, population, race, society, state
See also: community, family, humanity, nationality, populace, population, race

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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He did not go so far as to attribute these "truly Jewish" qualities to divine creation--instead crediting an "eternal, who-knows-where source of justice"--but neither did he offer a strict Marxist materialist explanation of Jewish collective identity, repeatedly asserting an essential ethical and moral basis of Jewish peoplehood.
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Rifkin's last two chapters, "Genealogies of Indianness: The Errancies of Peoplehood in Greg Sarris's Watermelon Night" and "Laboring in the City: Stereotype and Survival in Chrystos's Poetry" continue his investigations of the ways Two-Spirit writers imagine indigeneity.
10) Thus, the diaspora-homeland relationship affirms part of the cosmopolitan intuition that the territorial state is no longer, if ever, the only relevant source of peoplehood.
If nothing else, at least recognizing the peoplehood of the Palestinians might not have been an issue of contention.
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.
Conversely, this final section also addresses the modern queer Native critique that links Native homophobia to the intrusions of US imperial policy, and insists on the coherence of longstanding clan networks as form of peoplehood.
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.
The global nature of social media is in synch with the newly-popular concept of Jewish peoplehood that hinges on the sustainable social, cultural and sentimental ties between Israeli Jews and Jews living in North America, Europe, former Soviet Union, Oceania, and other global locales, aka the Diaspora (Cohen and Wertheimer, 2006).
This second literature comprises the social scientific study of contemporary Jewry, and intellectual debates on Zionism and Jewish peoplehood.