This article examines the broad scope of youth political engagement in Senegal between 1988 and 2012. By examining several connected moments of youth political engagement (the 1989 Senegal–Mauritania crisis, the 1990 Set/Setal movement, and presidential elections from 1988 to 2012), I reflect on the ways in which youth mobilization has been integral to politics in Senegal. I argue that the political engagement of youth spans generations and is not bound to, or dependent on, a particular cultural form, such as hip-hop. At the same time, the article focuses on hip-hop, a central element of youth political mobilization in Senegal during the 2012 presidential elections, so as to open reflection on how cultural globalization plays out in local contexts.


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