Jim Freedman has authored, co-authored or edited a total of 13 books and monographs and published 45 articles. The following is a selection.


Sissiboo River Redemption

SISSIBOO REVER REDEMPTION is based on a true story of black Baptists in 1883 Nova Scotia divided over whether they should join the white church or remain separate and autonomous. A bitter rift tore the group apart revealing the pain that is so often felt by marginalized people. This is a story of struggle and forgiveness by a community seeking justice within a harsh and racist environment, while remaining true to their abolitionist convictions.

In the final hour of the annual African Baptist gathering , after days of emotional upheaval and debate, Mount Beulah Church convulsed with the words of one of the greatest preachers of the day, seizing parishioners with a spiritual awakening and shaking the room with the rapture of communion.

PILOT PROJECT ON CERTIFICATION OF MINERALS PRODUCED IN RWANDA describes the rationale and the mechanism for encouraging mineral firms operating in Rwanda to adhere to international standards of corporate social responsibility. Certifying companies against these standards is a uniquely effective way that Rwanda can show global investors it is a good place to do business. It is also an effective strategy for reducing the number of disreputable mining groups operating in the region and ideally reducing the conflict, fueled by these mining operations, that have been endemic in the region for almost a decade.

OECD AUDIT OF ANVIL MINING LIMITED assesses this company's performance in meeting the social and ethical standards set out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2000) and the OECD Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones (2006). Together, these two prominent international instruments provide a valuable set of directives for companies operating in cases where host governments may not be willing or able to ensure appropriate corporate conduct themselves. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is such a case.

MOZAMBIQUE: ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENT RESULTS is a monograph written in 2004 with two other authors to report on results, impacts and shortcomings of UNDP’s social investment in the country following the end of the civil war. It was published by UNDP in a monograph series.

WATER, PIPES AND PEOPLE, co-authored with Haroon Akram-Lodhi describes changes in the rural economy of a northern Pakistan region over a period of ten years where the World Bank financed a major program to drain waterlogged lands and rehabilitate the century old irrigation system. It was published in Pakistan in 2001.

WHEN POETRY RULED THE STREETS: THE MAY EVENTS IN FRANCE OF 1968, co-authored with Andrew Feenberg, is a history and an analysis of the student movement in the Spring of 1968 that mobilized the entire country resulting eventually in the overthrow of the government. It was published by the University of New York Press in Albany in 2002 and is used in university courses on contemporary European history.

TRANSFORMING DEVELOPMENT: FOREIGN AID FOR A CHANGING WORLD is an edited book of readings, including two by the author, on critical trends in development thinking and practice. Contributors are distinguished Canadian development thinkers and the book is addressed primarily to a Canadian audience. It was published in 2000 by the University of Toronto Press and is used in university courses on social and economic development.

ONE HAND CLAPPING is a novel about the struggle of a young boy to confront a mean-spirited older brother. The young brother accompanies his father at a month-long retreat in a Zen monastery in Japan where he undergoes an intensive Zen meditation and contemplation. The book is a young-adult novel published in 1991 by Groundwood Books, a division of Douglas and McIntyre.

DRAWING HEAT is a non-fiction, new journalism exploration of professional wrestling in Ontario based on two summers when the author worked with a wrestling promotion traveling through Ontario northern towns as promoter and referee. It was published by Black Moss Press, produced by Coach House and distributed by Firefly Books of Canada.

NYABINGI, THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF AN AFRICAN DIVINITY is an economic history of a religious cult that emerged in the early 20th century in central Africa to protest the oppression by the Rwandan kings in northern Rwanda and later the demands by British colonial administrators in southern Uganda. It was published by the Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale in 1984.


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