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After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution he spent 10 months in pretrial detention but was eventually acquitted.
He was the President of the Hungarian Television between 1990-93, a state-owned monopoly at the time, which he tried to turn from a propaganda tool into a modern, production- and viewer-oriented, competition-ready media company.
Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization
One of his most important books is Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization (2006).
- Stranius, Pentti: Lähde 2/2005, Joensuu. The Source for Second Society: Hankiss, Elemér (1988): The "Second Society": Is There an Alternative Social Model Emerging in Contemporary Hungary. In Social Research 55/1988, Nos 1-2, pp. 13-42.