Smith, Michael E., Christopher Boone, George L. Cowgill, Sharon L. Harlan, Barbara L. Stark, and Abigail York 2010 An Expanded Social Scientific Perspective on Urbanism. White Paper, Future Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
It is available under "documents and downloads" on our website.
(2) I've just published another paper on this general theme in the SAA Archaeological Record:
Smith, Michael E.
2010 Just How Useful is Archaeology for Scientists and Scholars in Other Disciplines? SAA Archaeological Record 10(4):15-20.
I tried to post this on my page at Academia.edu, but instead of letting me upload a paper, the program insisted on "searching the web for papers you may have written." Google Scholar says that I have written 34,000 papers (you didn't know I was so productive, did you?), and the Academia automatidc search hung my computer. I have given up posting papers there for now. It is posted on my website, though.
Here are some other recent works along these lines:
- "Is Archaeology Useful: An Archaeological Dialogue," a theme issue with multiple contributions and discussion in Archaeological Dialogues 16(2), 2009. Those papers are from a symposium at the same SAA meetings as the session described in my paper. It is fascinating to see how radically different the 2 sessions were, although each addressed the question of the "usefulness" of archaeology.
- Foster, Thomas, Lisa Olsen, Virginia Dale and Arthur Cohen (2010) Studying the Past for the Future: Managing Modern Biodiversity from Historic and Prehistoric Data. Human Organization 69:149-157.
- Guttmann-Bond, Erika (2010) Sustainability Out of the Past: How Archaeology Can Save the Planet. World Archaeology 42(3):355-366.