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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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This Article is organized in a manner that facilitates a systematic and orderly inquiry into the issues raised in Part I--the relationship between diasporas and homelands, and what that relationship suggests about the nature of communities and peoplehood in the era of globalization and the communication revolution.
This Part examines the multiple understandings of what it means to be a people so as to prepare the ground for an assessment of what version of peoplehood describes more fully and accurately the relationships and connections between diasporas and homelands.
Part VI develops a theory of peoplehood based on the notion of a community of stakeholders.
Peoplehood in this first sense is a marker of a political entity that is territorially delimited, not so much a nation (for there may be many nations within that political unit), but a political "community of character," as Walzer would say.