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Mining sites have often been described as enclaves, but the influence of mining companies extends far beyond their fences. I explore the planning and construction of an access road cutting through state and customary land in Solwezi, Northwestern Province of Zambia. For the Canada-based mining company First Quantum Minerals Ltd, the road is an attempt to disengage from the environment (Appel 2014). This both illusionary and one-sided attempt to disentangle has re-structured people's lives indoi:10.5451/unibas-ep62555 fatcat:pmt26yupdjdahmprmelsmpm5zi