Foucault’s Panopticon and the Jobcentre

In Foucault’s words, ‘visibility is a trap,’ and this isn’t all that it is. Visibility is a weapon, used by the state to afford privacy to some, and exposure to others: those that become a part of the mass body known as the ‘unemployed’. Take a step further, and you will see that those who are at the very bottom – the homeless – are afforded no privacy at all. They are out in the cold, subjected to the derision of those who could also quite easily fall into a state of constant visibility.