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This chapter sets out by decolonizing and reclaiming the concept of the people from critics such as Hardt, Negri, and Virno, who shun the people— which they view as an inherently conservative force—in favor of the Multitude. Through the work of Dussel and Venezuelan folk singer Alí Primera, the chapter locates a radical concept of the people (or el pueblo) in the Venezuelan context, a concept that is not unitary and homogeneous but instead divisive, dynamic, and heterogeneous, drawing multiple movements and identities together in tense relation. Moreover, this concept is decolonial in that it brings together both oppressed...

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