From money to inestimable, what do therapeutic clubs deal with ?


After detailing the emergence of the “Therapeutic Club” in Saint Alban’s Hospital, this article strives to follow the concrete economic channels in works that describe how such clubs are managed — tools that are known to generate an inestimable disalienation work. From a clinical point of view, the place of exchanges supported by the various social and ergotherapies they organize are pointed out, as well as the benefit of freedom of movement between articulated spaces, as close as possible to the daily field. The currency concept introduces a triangulation of these exchanges (constituent of what authors call institution), and money circulation and manipulation thereby provoke exchanges of speech. Close to a self-managed cooperative model, these clubs are governed by the 1901 French law that regulates associations. This access to an autonomous legal personality encourages the development of “active therapies”. Can the “money thread” — the guide of this description — be useful to the evaluation of other inestimable works?