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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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Critique: Eloquent, informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Jewish Identity: The Challenge of Peoplehood Today" is an absorbing read from beginning to end.
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.
57) The novel's eloquent defense of Jewish peoplehood reassured its numerous and varied Jewish readers that they could survive honorably with their distinct norms in their American Zion.
wish to emphasis the similarity in their peoplehood status with all
97) However, it defines peoplehood in terms of ancestral bonds, rather than liberal ideals, by tracing the collective history of the Jewish people from biblical times through the Holocaust.
Nugent is ultimately interested, however, in asking whether "Yoder's notion of a continuous trajectory of developing peoplehood from the Old Testament to the New Testament [is] based on a strong and viable reading of the text," despite the lacunas in Yoder's narrative.
If nothing else, at least recognizing the peoplehood of the Palestinians might not have been an issue of contention.
The trauma of the Holocaust and the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 caused American Jews to look toward a new modern Israeli culture rather than that of Europe as a source of inspiration for their peoplehood.
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.
The former were driven by a profound sense of loyalty to and identification with the Jewish people; the latter had largely jettisoned any lingering identification with Jewish peoplehood in favor of a broad internationalism that rendered all distinctions of race, class, and ethnicity irrelevant.