Before reading this article, “State and Class Formation and Collaboration in Libya” by Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, I had never read anything about the formation of class. I’ve read a lot about class structure and how it is maintained and how it perpetuates itself, but I had never thought about how it actually begins, which was what I really appreciated about this article.
To understand the formation of class structure, you have to break it down into its fundamental components, such as private property, stability of the central government, and ideology. As Italy moved in and colonized Libya, they brought with them different values, ideologies, and social structures, which made their way into Libyan society. However, it is only in conjunction with older ideas and structures from the Ottoman empire that these distinct class structures emerged – the shift was not completely initiated by Italians.
I found it interesting to compare the narrative of class formation in Libya provided by this article with Marxian Class Theory (http://uregina.ca/~gingrich/s28f99.htm). There are a lot of very strong parallels.