Ib Imperial Case Study Analysis

"Imperial Blues is a spectacular elaboration of queer of color critique. Fiona I. B. Ngô creatively reveals how orientalist discourses shaped Jazz Age subjectivities and social life. Theorizing racialized sexuality, she blurs the boundaries between domestic and international migrations, political and aesthetic discourses, and global and national racial formations. This is a beautifully conceived book."—Roderick Ferguson, coeditor of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization

"I love this book. It is smart, fresh, and new, a game-changer. Imperial Blues is a theoretically astute and historically grounded cultural studies analysis of empire as central to the circuits of, and discourses about, jazz in Jazz Age New York."—Sherrie Tucker, coeditor of Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies

“[Ngô] deftly employs social history; ethnography; 'queer' studies; and analysis of literary, visual, and musical texts, making her book of potential interest to a diverse audience. … [I]t is a rewarding and insightful book, tying together multiple threads that were at some point disentangled by scholars with narrower foci on specific components of the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance.”


(E. Taylor Atkins Journal of American Studies 2015-08-01)

Imperial Blues is an original and valuable study that contributes to histories of imperialism, sexuality, gender, and urban spaces. The study will be of use to students and scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.”

(Imaobong D. Umoren Gender & History 2015-08-01)

“With its attention to such cartographies for mapping pleasure and importance, Imperial Blues is a welcome contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship on a relatively neglected period for the intersections of postcolonial studies, critical ethnic studies, postnational American studies, and queer studies."

(Victor Bascara GLQ 2015-11-01)

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Think fast, Think clear……

A case study interview is the analysis of a business question. These are most often directly related to the position you are applying for.

Case studies are used to test whether you have:

  • the ability to think on your feet
  • problem solving skills
  • the ability to synthesise information and work with the facts provided
  • an understanding of business issues
  • numerical and verbal skills
  • communication skills

Types of case interview

  • Case studies that you prepare in advance and then discuss with the interviewer. Here you are normally given a pack of information prior to the interview and given time to prepare your case (usually around 30 minutes).
  • Case studies where the interviewer acts in a role play with you and you work through the case study together. Here the interviewer supplies you with the information you need to solve the case – they may volunteer this information as you work through the case, but often you need to ask sensible and relevant questions to extract this information.

Online and hard copy resources

WetFeet and Vault (accessible through our e-resources page) both provide downloadable guides on interviews. Look out for the Ace Your Case series from WetFeet and Vault’s Guide to the Case Interview and the Case Interview Practice Guide. Note: You will need to log-in with your Imperial username and password to access these resources.

The Career Service also hold Marc Cosentino’s Case in Point and David Ohrvall’s Crack the Case books. They are reference books kept at the Careers Reception. We also hold licences to the online version of Case in Point, find more details under Case Questions Interactive on our e-resources page.

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